The Youth Olympic Games are on this week in Innsbruck, Austria but Cayman’s sole entrant, skier Dean Travers, will be there but may not be fit enough to compete. But at least the 15-year-old speedster will be representing Cayman at a major winter Games.
Travers was injured in training. He will be in the opening ceremony as well as in the culture and education activities. The Games organisers, the International Olympic Committee and the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee support his attendance whether he competes or not.
Dean is the younger brother of Dow Travers who was the first Caymanian to compete for the Islands at any Winter Olympics when he skied in Vancouver two years ago.
Dow said: “Dean damaged his growth plate in his left knee very badly during high speed training. The recovery period with physiotherapy is one to two months for full recovery. As a result he has had to withdraw from his best event, the Super G, and may not be able to race in the Grand Slam or the SL either. He will be going to the doctors in Austria with the hope that he can recover to a level high enough to let him compete.
“It is very sad and dDean is the younger brother of Dow Travers who was the first Caymanian to compete for the Islands at any Winter Olympics when he skied in Vancouver two years ago. disappointing, as being the Whistler Cup Super G gold medallist he was a serious medal contender in the Super-G. Dean will try his best to represent Cayman in the Giant Slalom but his injury may be too painful for him to race. Making the injury worse could permanently limit future growth and therefore severely hinder his skiing career.
“I am currently racing for my University in New England, and will be leaving directly from a race on Thursday to drive to the airport to fly to support Dean in Austria. Last week I scored two personal best in the USA national ranking system results in slalom.”