Former Olympic skier says SA medal 'unrealistic' at Winter Games

The 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony has kicked off in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

There are of 102 medals up for grabs across 15 different disciplines.

Nearly 3 000 athletes are competing from 92 countries and territories, making it the largest group of athletes in the history of the winter games.

Alpine skier Connor Wilson is the only South African athlete to participate in the Winter Olympics.

21-year-old Wilson is competing in the slalom and giant slalom.

Retired South African Olympic athlete Alex Heath says, while South African representation at the Winter Games is positive, he doubts that Wilson will bring home a medal.

In the 2006 Winter Olympics, Heath became the first African to participate in all five Alpine events.

He too was once a lone South African representative at Salt Lake City in 2002.

Heath discusses Alpine skiing, the slalom and giant slalom events and his thoughts on the Winter Olympics.

There's a lot of weight on your shoulders when you get there and you realise that you are the only one, but the experience is like nothing else.

Alex Heath, former Olympic skier and National Coach at Snow Sports SA

Being selected is such an honour.

Alex Heath, former Olympic skier and National Coach at Snow Sports SA

I think it's a huge opportunity to show the world that we can participate in all forms of sport.

Alex Heath, former Olympic skier and National Coach at Snow Sports SA

However nice it would be to win a medal, we have to be realistic. Chances are he's going to be starting at the back of the field.

Alex Heath, former Olympic skier and National Coach at Snow Sports SA

Medals are unrealistic.

Alex Heath, former Olympic skier and National Coach at Snow Sports SA

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