Dow Travers will make a historic leap for the Cayman Islands at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada in February. He qualified in the giant slalom last summer through an international ranking system in Antillanca, Chile. Travers chose the giant slalom which is considered the ‘art of skiing’ because it is a combination of all the alpine skiing disciplines.
Born and raised in Grand Cayman, Travers, 22 is the eldest of three talented skiing brothers; Dillon, 18, and Dean, 13. He went to boarding school in the UK for many years. Family winter vacations were always on the ski slopes of Beaver Creek, Colorado. The boys loved it and recently started skiing in Aspen.
It’s only been in the last year that Travers, who is still a student, has been able to concentrate on skiing. He attends Brown University in Rhode Island and will probably major in geo-biology with a view to eventually becoming a property developer.
He also enjoys playing rugby and scuba-diving. He water skis and was a keen cricketer. Dow said: ‘It’s my first Games and very unusual that someone from the Caribbean is going to the Winter Olympics and I hope to do as well as I can do. It’s the beginning of a long run. It’s the first time I’ve been able to focus solely on skiing and the peak of physical ability is 28 so I’ve got six more years and at least one more Olympics in me and once I get out of Brown I can really start focusing. I’m now getting to the point where I can compete at a higher level.’