Travers on track for final run

In spite of a suspected mild concussion, Cayman Olympic skier Dow Travers intends to stay on schedule for his last race in Sochi, Russia. 

Mr. Travers, 26, suffered the injury after crashing out of his first event – the Men’s Giant Slalom – at the 2014 Winter Olympics on Wednesday morning. He was one of 30 skiers who did not complete the race.  

In an email from Sochi Thursday, Mr. Travers said he is relaxing ahead of his second and final event – the Men’s Slalom – on Feb. 22. 

“I ended up just resting all of Thursday,” he said. “I’m back on the snow Friday.” 

The sole Cayman Islands athlete in Sochi, Mr. Travers was wearing safety gear during his run, including a helmet that protected his head during his fall. Medical staff did not immediately diagnose him with a concussion and Mr. Travers went through precautionary tests on Thursday. 

For his upcoming race, he will be competing at 7:45 a.m. Cayman time, or 4:45 p.m. Sochi time on Friday.  

He will ski a course marked with flags and gates spaced much closer together than in the giant slalom. Another key difference between Wednesday’s and Friday’s events is that Mr. Travers will ski two courses and the sum of those times will constitute the final result. 

The Cayman skier is making his second appearance at a Winter Olympics after competing at the 2010 Vancouver Games, where he placed 69th in the Giant Slalom. 

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Dow Travers proudly flew the Cayman Islands flag at the opening ceremony in Sochi.

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