Skier Dean Travers had a disappointing end to his introduction to the Men’s World Championship Ski finals in Beaver Creek, Colorado, because he failed to make the starting line by a few seconds.
He qualified for the finals in 20th place out of 109 entrants last Thursday after extremely fast runs in the qualifiers, but the 18-year-old Caymanian’s late equipment change caused him to miss his start slot.
“Obviously, I am very disappointed,” he said. “It was my first world championship, but we are a small ski team up against the majors, and a lot of things can go wrong with equipment.”
Mr. Travers said he felt he was not getting the optimum speed out of his skis and they seemed slow in the qualifying rounds. His coaches were trying different combinations on the practice slope on race morning since the course was extremely difficult to negotiate on the steepest parts, which caused the Travers team to rethink his equipment’s settings.
“I think we had it right, but then missed getting back to the start by seconds,” Mr. Travers said.
He was still left with a commendable 39th place finish in the Men’s Super-G earlier in the week and competes this week in Nakiska, Canada, at the North American Cup races in Super-G and Giant Slalom.
“I have put this setback behind me,” Mr. Travers said. “Now I’m looking to reduce my International Ski Federation points total in these races in Canada.
“With a good deal of tweaking to the boots and a ski change, we have found a better equipment setup and I am now half a second faster and I am looking to improve on my personal best.”