Dean Travers is the younger brother
of Cayman’s first Winter Olympian Dow and the 14-year-old looks set to emulate
his big brother judging by the way he shredded the slopes in Colorado at the
USSA Mens Junior Championships in Aspen earlier this month. Travers looked impressive
in training. He was clocked at the waterfall jump at 62mph, the second fastest
speed of the day.
On race day an uncharacteristic
mistake on the flats resulted in a 12th place finish in the downhill against 90
of the fastest junior skiers in the United States. But the day following there
was no mistake.
He skied a nearly perfect line in
the junior super G on the Racers Edge
run. Having qualified as a first seed Dean was in second place at the first
split and took over first place after the technical section on the steeps at
the second split which he maintained by skiing the straightest of lines on the
bottom section to the finish taking the
gold medal and bragging rights as the fastest junior super G racer in the US.
The day following Travers was also
leading on the splits in the first run of the giant slalom and was on the pace
for a second gold medal when he clipped the third gate from the finish and
His father Anthony said: “Whilst a
second gold would have given Dean an undisputed first place finish his two
finishes were good enough for an overall sixth place.
“Dean will now enter the junior
international competition next week at Whistler (near Vancouver) where he will
compete against the fastest junior international racers from 40 countries. Dean
is remembered at Whistler for stunning the competition two years ago as a 12
year old by taking a bronze medal in the giant slalom in the J4 category.”