Cayman’s young skiing star wins bronze in key race

| 04/04/2012

dean travers (260x300).jpg(CNS): After a six week layoff following a serious knee injury sustained earlier in the season during training, the Cayman Islands’ youngest skiing sensation, 15-year-old Dean Travers, started 47th in his first major FIS giant slalom race on the feared steeps of Telluride's Milk Run last month. Racing against 16 to 18 year olds in his Cayman colours, Dean showed classic form on the steeps as he improved his position to 21st after just the first run. With a cleaner course in his second run Dean stunned his older competitors by finishingin the third fastest time of the day, which improved his overall position to a bronze medal. 

In the next FIS giant slalom the following week in Park City, the young skier was placed way down on the line-up because of a lack of points during the season. However, Dean changed his 87th start up position to 21st, but then he blew the senior competition away again in his second run by finishing with the fastest time of the day, taking first place in the run over and above 90 other more racers and improving overall to 20th position.

Both these results mean Dean's FIS points in Giant Slalom drop to below the level required for full Olympic qualification and will rank Dean nationally as one of the fastest 15-year-olds in the United States.

Category: Sports

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Well done

  2. Anonymous says:

    One for the rhythm,

    One for the rhyme,

    Come on Dean,

    It's Ski Race Time!

  3. Reality Check says:

    Well done indeed.  Here's hoping that in a few years our mt trashmore is sufficiently large enough to allow the rest of us a chance to learn to ski.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Congrats,

    well done,

    best of luck in the future.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations! 3,4,5, CAYMAN! 3.4, 5 CAYMAN!

  6. Concerned Caymanain says:

    Why are there 'thumbs down' on a nice story like this?  Come on people – this young man is one of us whether you like it or not!!

  7. Cat says:

    Congrats! I'm very proud of you.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Congrats!! Well done – was McKeeva there cheering him on?

  9. The Magic Dragon says:

    Congrats, this is quite a unique accomplishment to these Islands.

  10. Dennie Warren Jr. says:

    This is absolutely fantastic!  Congrats!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Well done young man! Go Cayman