At the Prater Cup held in Crested Butte, Colorado last week, young Caymanian Dean Travers, starting in an unseeded 92nd position and skiing on a warming and rutted Super G course, astonished the field by posting a time seven tenths faster than Colorado’s fastest J4 skiers to take the gold medal.
Travers, 12, was clocked at the fastest time of the day on the course at over 60mph.
The Prater Cup is the regional championship for the Colorado Rockies which serves as a qualifier for the Junior Olympics.
His second place in the Giant Slalom the following day was less than a second behind overall Prater Cup winner Colby Lane, also skiing for Aspen Valley Ski Club.
A win in the Slalom run on the Sunday would have resulted in overall victory for Travers in the Prater Cup.
Throwing caution to the wind in the slalom and skiing with an impressive disregard for his personal wellbeing, he was ahead of the entire field on the split time but excessive speed was his undoing going into the last flush five gates from the finish.
Straddling the gate resulted in a hike up the hill and an overall eighth place in the slalom.
But Travers’ first and second finishes in the Super G and GS were good enough to take second place in the Prater Cup overall and secured his place in this month’s Junior Olympics to be held at Winter Park.