The Cayman Islands and Jamaica are working together at the Winter Olympics.
Dow Travers, 26, is an alpine skier and Cayman’s lone representative in Sochi, Russia. He turned heads in the opening ceremony with his choice of clothing – sandals and shorts – and garnered the sort of fanfare to rival the Jamaicans, who are enjoying comparisons to their countrymen who inspired the film “Cool Runnings.”
Mr. Travers, who competes in the Men’s Giant Slalom on Feb. 19 and the Men’s Slalom on Feb. 22, says he has a quirky link to his Caribbean neighbors.
“We have been training either GS (giant slalom) or SL (slalom) almost every day over at the Alpine Centre,” Travers said. “It’s going well and I hope to get in as much training as possible before my events. Have I seen the Jamaican bobsled team? Yes, I’ve seen them. They are actually borrowing one of our extra mattresses.”
Travers has a significant support team around him. The Cayman Islands delegation includes David Carmichael as chef de mission, Travers’s coach Jake Zamansky, Cayman Islands Olympic Committee president Donald McLean and Bernie Bush, Olympic Committee treasurer.
The Jamaicans, including driver Winston Watts, are slated to be in action from Sunday, Feb. 16. They are among the few athletes not to complain about lackluster accommodations after Johnny Quinn of the U.S. bobsled team had to burst through a faulty bathroom door and escape from a stuck elevator in the Olympic athletes’ village, and Bex Wilson of the British bobsled team nearly fell into an open elevator shaft.