Cayman’s teen skier to make Olympic youth debut

| 09/01/2012

Dean_jo2-1 (276x300).jpg(CNS): Following in the tracks of his older brother, Dean Travers will be making his first Olympic appearance this month at the Inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria. The teen skier will be representing the Cayman Islands in Giant Slalom, which will take place on 19 January. Dean, who is a freshman at Aspen High School where he competes for the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club, is the son of Anthony Travers, the chairman of the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange. Dean took the bronze medal in the 2009 giant slalom at the Whistler Cup and the gold medal in the super-G race this year at the Whistler Cup in British Columbia. Fingers are now crossed for a great showing by Dean in Austria.

The support team for Dean will be Jennifer Powell as Chef de Mission, CIOC President Donald McLean, along with Jake Zamansky as coach and his brother Dow who will assist the coach on the slopes. Dow was the first ever Caymanian skier to attend the winter Olympics when he represented Cayman at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Like his older sibling, Dean began skiing at an early age when his family began vacationing at Beaver Creek.

The games are an international multi-sport event for winter sports held under the auspices of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the summer games were first held in Singapore in 2010. The games will be held every four years in staggered summer and winter events consistent with the current Olympic Games format.

The Games will also feature cultural exchange programs and opportunities for participants to meet Olympic athletes. Innsbruck 2012 aims to inspire young people around the world to embrace, embody and express the Olympic Values of Excellence, Respect and Friendship. Olympic traditions will meet modernity.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Sorry to hear. Speedy recovery Dean and kudos.

  2. Anthony Travers says:

    Thank you on Dean's behalf  for all your emails and good wishes  However what is not clear from this press release is that Dean was injured in high speed training last week on Ajax Mountain  and based on the  further medical evaluation  as recently as yesterday is unlikely to recover in time  to compete in these Games  .  Anthony Travers CICASS (Cayman Islands)

    • Anonymous says:

      Sorry to hear that. Hopefully, the doctors are wrong and he will recover in time.

    • Anonymous says:

      I am so sorry to hear about Dean's injury, please let us know how he is doing and we hope he recovers as soon as possible.

    • Anonymous says:

      I wish Dean a fast recovery and all the best for his future!

  3. Riblet says:

    Woop Woop Woop!


    Go Cayman! Ski capital of the world!

  4. Peter Milburn says:

    Kudos Dean.Go for it and keep working hard.Just goes to show you that there are many Caymanians that can do whatever if they work hard enough at it.Good luck and be careful.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Brilliant! Opportunity and ability are one thing but driving them forward with the discipline to achieve international success is quite another. The same goes for the Fraser brothers, Cydonie Mothersill and many other incredible athletes this small island has produced. Your lights shine.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Just goes to show Caymanians can do anything.

    • Anonymous says:

      Because it's affordable to Caymanians?

    • Anonymous says:

      ..And you can bet your boots our Premiere will travel to support him… wherever in the world that may be.

      • Anonymous says:

        The premiere is not going and Cayman beared no expense in sending Dean to these Games.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Does anyone know why this young man's accomplishments were not a part of the year-end round up of excellence in sports in the Compass? A "gold medal in the super-G race this year at the Whistler Cup in British Columbia" is a huge achievement, especially at his age and he should not have been overlooked.

    Dean, we wish you all the best and will be watching out for a glimpse of you on the TV. Make us proud.

    • Anonymous says:

      Agreed.  This is because this "honouring event" was arranged by the government by the way…  need I say more? Congrats to all and goodluck to everyone in 2012!