fact that Dow Travers is competing for the Cayman Islands in the Winter
Olympics has not been lost by many admirers back home.
residents have been arriving in the Canadian ski resort of Whistler, 80 miles
north of Vancouver, all week to show their support for the 22-year-old
Caymanian who competes in the giant slalom on Tuesday.
for some they won’t get to see Travers in action because his event was
initially scheduled for Sunday but has been rescheduled. The postponement is
the result of uneven snowfall (20 centimetres at the top of the course and 10
cm at the finish area) resulting in course conditions that are too soft for
competition. A consistent track is necessary for optimal and safe racing so the
decision was taken by the International Ski Federation on Tuesday to postpone
entrepreneur Jerry Beck owns a house in Whistler. A keen skier, he spends a big
chunk of his holiday time there. Beck is hosting eight friends from Cayman, all
keen on local sports, mainly tennis, rugby and cricket for Greenies.
said: “We’re here to support Dow in the Olympics. Unfortunately, all of us will
have to leave before he competes because we’ve been screwed by the weather.
We’re going to try to get to see him before we go though.”
first visited Whistler seven years ago, three months after Canada was awarded
the Olympics and he’s seen the buzz increase to crescendo levels ever since.
But not all residents of the Olympic venues were excited.
added: “I think most people in Whistler have stayed but many in Vancouver have
left. But it’s meant it’s pretty empty so it’s nice to go up there and ski and
see the Olympians practicing. As you walk around the village the atmosphere is
the day it was announced, everyone has wondered what the weather would be like.
February is normally cold and dry, which is why they chose it. But the organisers,
the Cayman Islands supporters club raises their hats to them to get it to go ahead.
It’s a shame we’re going to miss Dow but we’re still doing our best to support
still having a lot of fun supporting him and pretty much keeping the nightclubs
going judging by the amount we’re drinking. We want to give a big shout out to the
Blaster, which has become our drink of choice and we’re trying to get everyone
to drink them.”
‘Texas’ Walker is not normally known as a drinker but so as not to feel left
out he is downing the ‘sauce’ as fast as the others. He said: “It’s great being
here and having fun in a great atmosphere. We’ve done a lot of bad skiing. A
few tumbles, a bit sore but still battling away. This is my first time in
Whistler and I’m loving it. We’ve seen the luge so far and got two other events
to see, the bob sled and women’s downhill. It’s awesome.
won’t be able to see Dow, sadly, because we’ve got to leave, but it’s great
that Cayman has been put on the map. Awesome.”
Hart plays rugby and cricket for the Greenies women’s team. She said: “This is
my first time in Whistler and I love it. The snow is awesome. I snowboard, sort
of. It’s fantastic that Dow is skiing for Cayman. I’ve also seen him play rugby
for Cayman, he’s a very talented young man.”