Travers’ historic race

Cayman alpine skier Dow Travers
officially puts himself in the history books today.

That is because the Winter Olympian
is slated to compete in the men’s giant slalom event in Whistler, Canada.

All eyes will be on Travers from
12:30pm Cayman time (9:30am Canadian time) as he traverses through the Whistler
Creekside venue.

Travers is running in the first
heat for the event. If he excels he can go on to compete in the second heat at
4pm Cayman time where he would be in the running for a medal.

Residents should be able to see
Travers in action at the 2010 Winter Olympics by tuning into NBC.

The venue has a capacity of about
7,700 people and one of the people slated to be there is Cayman sports journalist
Ron Shillingford, who is in Vancouver covering the
Winter Olympics.

Travers, 22, was originally slated
to compete last Sunday but the event was moved due to a lack of snow. To be
exact there was uneven snowfall as 20 centimetres of snow fell at the top of
the course while 10cm was at the finish area, resulting in course conditions
that are too soft for competition.

A consistent track is necessary for
safe racing thus the International Ski Federation decided to postpone the race
until today.

Alpine skiing has been one of the
noteworthy disciplines at this year’s Olympics. A 32 year-old (Switzerland’s
Didier Defago) won the men’s downhill event, Germany won its first medal in the
discipline in 12 years (thanks to Maria Riesch in the women’s super-combined
event) and US skier Lindsey Vonn defied injury and crashes in training to win
gold in the women’s downhill.

For the record Whistler is
essentially a ski resort town located 80 miles north of Vancouver. It is the sight of all the various
alpine skiing events.