Travers at Olympics

Over the weekend, Cayman Olympic skier Dow Travers, 26, competed in the Men’s Slalom event at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. 

In the two-course race, Mr. Travers skied the first section in 1:07.03, finishing 76th out of 117 competitors. However, in the second run, Mr. Travers took a high-speed tumble and received a DNF (Did Not Finish) result. In the initial run, 40 skiers crashed, including Frenchman Steve Missillier and Mexican Hubertus Von Hohenlohe. In the second stage, Mr. Travers was one of 35 skiers – including American Ted Ligety – to fall. 

Mario Matt of Austria claimed the gold medal ahead of countryman Marcel Hirscher (silver) and Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen (bronze). 

Mr. Travers had also crashed in his first event, the Men’s Giant Slalom on Feb. 19, and suffered a mild concussion. In that race, 29 other skiers tumbled down the slopes as well. Mr. Ligety and Mr. Missillier were the gold and silver medallists, respectively, for that competition. 

Saturday’s race featured a course marked with flags and gates spaced much closer together than in the giant slalom. 

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For Mr. Travers, his crashes in Sochi represent a decline in his Olympic performance. In his first Olympics appearance, he placed 69th in the Giant Slalom at the 2010 Vancouver Games. 

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