Sochi 2014 Olympics
For over 45 years, the Virgin Islands has celebrated the Olympic tradition by sending our athletes to compete. This winter that tradition continues at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
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The Virgin Islands Olympic Committee is proud to announce that two Virgin Islands athletes have met the qualifications for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games which are to be held in February 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
Veronica Gaspar, 18, and Jasmine Campbell, 22, will represent the U.S. Virgin Islands in two alpine skiing events: Giant Slalom and Slalom.
Giant Slalom involves skiing between sets of poles (gates) spaced at a distance to each other. The vertical drop for a course is usually around 1,200 feet. On average a giant slalom racer may reach speeds up to 50 mph. In Slalom, poles are spaced much closer together than in Giant Slalom. Racers must pass approximately 50-60 poles in slalom to reach finish.
Both Virgin Islands athletes achieved the needed five (5) qualifying finishes this season in international competitions (under 140 points). The amount of points scored each race depends on how far the athlete is behind the leader.
Gaspar, from St. John, graduated this June from Sun Valley Ski Academy in Idaho. Although accepted to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, Gaspar will be taking a year off from school in order to prepare for the Olympics. Her best result this past winter season was a 27th place in the Junior World Ski Championships held in Quebec, Canada.
Campbell just completed her junior year in Walla Walla College, Washington. Campbell’s best finish last season was a 14th place in an international (FIS) race in Sun Valley, Idaho. Campbell is the daughter of John Campbell who represented the U.S. Virgin Islands in skiing in the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France.
Both women are excited at the prospect of representing the U.S. Virgin Islands in the Olympics. For every athlete, it is a lifelong dream, and the biggest achievement.
Another Virgin Islands athlete, Kathryn Tannenbaum (27) from St. Thomas who competes in skeleton is still waiting for her qualification result. Tannenbaum’s past season has been interrupted by injury, but she hopes that when the skeleton season resumes in November, she will be able to reach the required level. January 19th, 2014 is the deadline for all athletes to qualify for the Winter Games.
The Virgin Islands Basketball Federation Under-17 Women National Team will begin competition in the 2013 Centro Basket U-17 Women Championship on Wednesday, August 28th. The Championship will be held in San Salvador, El Salvador and ends on Sunday, September 1st. The Centro Basket Championship includes the top eight of thirty-four (34) National Federations in Central America and the Caribbean, and qualifies three National Teams for the 2014 FIBA Americas U-18 Women Championship.
The members of the Virgin Islands 2013 U-17 National Team are:
NUMBER NAME SCHOOL
4 ZIANNA ANGOL CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL
5 SHERREL GEORGE CHARLOTTE AMALIE HIGH SCHOOL
6 AKIA FRETT IVANNA E. KEAN HIGH SCHOOL
7 J’LENE MARTINEZ CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL
8 KE’ANNA MILLS CHARLOTTE AMALIE HIGH SCHOOL
9 JENDAYI WILLIAMS CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL
10 RANAI EVANS CHARLOTTE AMALIE HIGH SCHOOL
11 J-NAYA EPHRAIM GITHENS MIDDLE SCHOOL, NC
12 JERUSHA CORBETT CHARLOTTE AMALIE HIGH SCHOOL
13 JAHNYA BOSCHULTE ANTILLES SCHOOL
14 ALIYAH BRYAN COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL
15 RE’NIQUE FRANCIS CHARLOTTE AMALIE HIGH SCHOOL
The Coaching Staff of the Virgin Islands U-17 Women National Team is led by Head Coach, Tajama Ngongba of George Mason University, and Assistant Coaches, Myron Corbett of Charlotte Amalie High School and Donald Bough of St. Croix Central High School. All action from El Salvador will be streamed live on the FIBA Americas website, www.fibaamericas.com.
The Virgin Islands Swimming Federation sent two of their National Swimmers, Caylee Watson and Victor Torres, to represent the Virgin Islands in the 15th FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain July 28th through August 4th. They will be competing among approximately 1,200 swimmers from 180 different federations.
Caylee Watsons salutatorian graduate from the Country Day School class of 2013 will be attending American University and studying Political Science. She will also be swimming for the Eagles Swim Team there. She has been part of the Dolphins Swim Team since 2006, and part of the Virgin Islands National Swim Team since 2008. Caylee as part of the National Team has had the opportunity to represent the Virgin Islands in different countries such as, Jamaica, Barbados, Bahamas, Cuba, Costa Rica and Aruba; where she received a silver medal in the 200 meter backstroke. She also holds 20 Virgin Islands Swimming Federation records earning one just this last Monday July 29th at the 15th FINA World Championships in the open category 100 meter backstroke. This record was previously held by Tricia Duncan since 1988.
Victor Torres graduated from Good Hope School, class of 2013, and will be attending NOVA Southeastern University and studying Computer Science. He will be part of the Sharks Swim Team while attending NOVA. He has been part of the Dolphins Swim Team since May 2007. Since then he has been traveling with the Dolphins team to several meets off island such as St Thomas, Puerto Rico, Florida, and Arizona to mention a few. He has been part of the Virgin Islands National Swim Team since 2012. He competed at the Carifta Swimming Championships in the Bahamas and CISC Swimming Championships in Aruba in 2012 where he received a Bronze medal in the 200 meter backstroke. This year he also competed at the Carifta Swimming Championships in Kingston Jamaica and in the CCCAN Swimming Championships in San Jose, Costa Rica.