Dow qualifies for giant slalom

– Dow Travers has made history by qualifying for the giant slalom for the
Cayman Islands for the first time at any Winter Olympics, which are being held
in Canada.

intrepid skier competes down the slopes of Whistler, 80 miles north of
Vancouver on Sunday and the whole Island will be rooting for the 22-year-old
Brown University student. Although he won’t medal, qualifying for this event
alone is a huge achievement.

why the media at the Games has embraced him as their pet interviewee. Araba
Monu is from Ghana who now lives in Whistler. She was a student in Canada and
when she finished moved to the ski resort and now works in a bank.

really exciting Canada hosting these Games, especially here in Whistler which
is a small, resort town which is partnering up with a big city,” Monu said. “I
love it when all the world comes together for one purpose. I know a lot of
locals feel this place has been invaded and lots of them went to Mexico, Hawaii
or Thailand but I’m one of the locals who wanted to be here when it happened.”

loves to see small nation teams here like the Cayman Islands and her own
Ghanaian compatriot, Kwame ‘Snow Leopard’ Nkrumah-Acheampong and Jamaica’s Errol
Kerr. Bermuda has a small team too, so in a sense the Caribbean is making its
mark in these Games like never before.

said: “I know the Snow Leopard is not expected to get any medals, but somebody
has to start for his country, right? I’m really proud of him for coming all
this way and the other athletes who came by themselves. I think it’s awesome
that Cayman has an athlete here. It’s good that he qualified, trained so hard
even though he has little hope of getting a medal. It’s all for the experience.”

Daniel Andreas is a sound engineer for a Swiss TV company. He didn’t
know Cayman has an entry but will look out for Dow when he goes hurtling down
the slopes. “I wish Dow all the best because he must be really dedicated to
have got this far,” Andreas said. “Switzerland has many entries in these Games
but I admire Cayman for producing their first Winter Olympian.”

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