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Ron Shillingford has been a journalist since 1982 and has worked in print, TV and radio, mostly in London where he was born. His favourite sport is boxing and exclusive interviews have included Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard. His assignments have taken him to America, the Caribbean, Europe and Africa. He is also the author of three books, one of which, a martial arts handbook, has been translated into Polish, Russian and Japanese.

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Dow exceeded expectations
Ron Shillingford
24 February 2010

He may have been a proverbial mile from a medal but Dow Travers must have felt like a podium member all the same. He started as 101st, with only two skiers classified as slower yet finished 69th. Considering he is a part-time athlete, having to spend more time earning a degree than on the slopes, that was a commendable achievement. All Caymanians should feel proud and hail the youngster who beat competitors from much bigger countries that actually have mountains and snow. He’s a champ in my books.

Jamaica’s heroic bobsleigh team from the 1988 Olympics in Calgary is so enduring that there is a genuine feeling of disappointment that they are not at these games. Errol Kerr competes in the freestyle ski cross for Jamaica on Saturday, but it’s not the same. In fact, a bar in Whistler - Savage Beagle - has added Jamaica Bobsleigh to its name for the duration of the Olympics. Cynical marketing ploy, sure, but it emphasises just how popular the Cool Runnings team was.

The Jamaican connection has a certain resonance with many. I got into conversation with a German wearing a Jamaican scarf. Turned out Alvox was sent to Kingston as part of Germany’s Peace Corps in 1967. Not speaking a word of English, much less patois, he hated it initially but within two months came to love Jamaican life and culture and stayed for ten years, marrying a local girl in the process. They are still married, live in Frankfurt now, but return to Jamaica regularly. The Jamaican tourist board runs an advert with the catchline: ‘Once you go, you know.’ That sounds about right.

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