Travers carves past his start number in Olympic race

| 23/02/2010

(CNS): Updated 6:00pm.  Having already made history as the Cayman Islands’ first Winter Olympic athlete, Dow Travers has plenty to be pleased about after he moved from a start number of 101 to finish 69th when he competed against the best male Giant Slalom skiers in the world in his Alpine Ski event. Following his two successful runs, Travers clocked a time for both of 3:02.89 — just 25.06 over the win time sent by Carlo Janka, the Gold medal winner in the event. In a field that included competitors from as far and wide as Iran and Brazil, Travers did Cayman proud as he came over the line to cheering crowds.

Travers improved his standing by 8 slots from the first round, which he completed in 1:29.39 to be in 78th place going into the second round.

The race, over the two gruelling and long courses, was dominated by the northern European racers with Norwegians Kjetil Jansrud and Askel Svindal taking silver and bronze. Austrian Marcel Hirscher just missed the podium by .08 of a second. Canada’s best showing was from Eric Guay who made 16th and Jamyang Nangial from India finished last, some 57 seconds off the pace.

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  1. Dennie Warren Jr. says:

    An absolutely fantastic ascent!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Well done to this young man but CNN can I ask why there is no report of the progress of the 15 special olympic athletes who are currently in Costa Rico?

    CNS: I’m assuming this is directed to us and not the US media giants. We have not posted anything about the Special Olympic athletes because no one has sent us anything. I wish they would.

    • Anonymous says:

      My apologies, yes I meant CNS. I also assumed you had people seeking this information. If thats not the case then I understand but as you say its a shame.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Well done Dow!  Just being able to participate is an accomplishment.

    • Anonymous says:

      Here’s hoping young caymanians in the future can also take part – the FIS have a programme set up that allows participants from Countries such as Cayman , Iran etc an easier route into the games – they also help with training etc – For FIS official Sarah Fussekit, it is more about helping athletes from developing countries live a little bit of the Olympic dream.

      "Many athletes would not be competing if not for the training camps run with the programme," said Fussek, who co-ordinates the FIS’s Aid and Promotion Programme.

      Financial support is given to FIS member national ski associations, training camps and other activities are run and FIS Solidarity funds special projects.

  4. Craig Merren says:

    From one Olympian to the other – will done! 


  5. FANTASTIC says:

    Great job in light of the stuff going on in Cayman right ow your result is brilliant – well done.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Great job! Cayman is indeed proud!

  7. slowpoke says:

     Well, you did better than my friend (who came in last) so, congratulations!!!  (Must have been due to my brilliant coaching (hahaha))

  8. Anonymous says:

    Well done Dow from a fellow Olympian.What a fantastic experience for you to go through and one that will remain with you all your life.

           Congrats on a job well done.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Congrats Dow, keep it up!!

  10. Mrs. G says:

    Well done Dow- an incredible result and personal best!  Hope you are proud because we sure are- bet Grumpie smiling now! 

  11. Q says:

    Well done Dow!! You made an awesome effort. Bode Miller of the US didn’t even make a clean run!! We are so proud of you!!

  12. frank rizzo says:

    Good on you, man!

  13. Pending says:

    WELL DONE DOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Anonymous says:

    its Carlo Janka   – this guy is being touted as being to skiing what   Roger Federer is to tennis – so plenty time to get his name right he’s only 23 so will be around for a very long time