USVI Kicks Off Competition at the 2019 Pan Am Games

LIMA – The men’s marathon and women’s beach volleyball events kicked off the 2019 Pan American Games for the U.S. Virgin Islands (ISV) Olympic Committee’s delegation in Lima, Peru on Saturday.

Team ISV’s delegation will be represented by nearly 50 athletes, coaches, support staff and officials for the duration of the Games which takes between July 26th and August 11th. The 29 athletes will be competing in several disciplines including Boxing, Basketball, Swimming, Sailing, Beach Volleyball, and Athletics.

Events in the two latter sports were completed on Saturday by Eduardo Garcia, who competed in the Men’s Marathon event, as well as the duo of Mannika Charles and Desiree Miranda, who competed in Women’s Beach Volleyball.

Athletes will be competing in cooler weather conditions since it is currently winter in Lima. Average day temperatures during the Games will be in the low to mid 60s. During the evenings, they can expect temperatures to hover in the high 50s.

Garcia finished the chilly course Saturday morning that wove through downtown Lima with a time of 2:19:12. He edged out four other runners to finish 12th out of 16. Host country Peru took home the gold thanks to Christian Pacheco Mendoza who finished with a time of 2:10:41.

The USVI women’s volleyball team, though not successful in their matches, competed against a vast field of countries over the past few days. Their tournament, which began on Wednesday, July 24th –a few days ahead of the official start the Games—included matches with Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Trinidad and Tobago, and Guatemala with the latter two matches occurring on Saturday.

Team ISV also participated in the Opening Ceremonies for the Games, which occurred on Friday, July 26 and was met with rousing support from Peruvian attendees and visitors from across the region. The show, which gave a profound and colorful depiction of the history and culture of Peru was capped off by a performance from famed Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi, who is recently known for his hit song Despacito.

2019 Olympic Month Schedule

All Month June 1st – June 30th

Olympic Quiz
This contest has questions that test you on VIOC History and its operations. The VIOC has responsibility for the Virgin Islands Olympic movement including the development of teams for: The Central America and Caribbean Games; The Pan American Games; The Summer Olympic Games; The Winter Olympic Games and the Youth Olympic Games.

Prizes: 
1st Place $100 and Official VIOC t-shirt
2nd Place $75 and Official VIOC t- shirt
3rd Place $50 and Official VIOC t-shirt
4th Place to 10th Place Official VIOC t-shirt.

Entry On-line – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/viocquiz

June 1st, 2019

VI Archery Championships
Time: 9:00am     Location: Isaac Gatewood James Park, St. Croix
Contact: Virgin Islands Archery Federation nold71@gmail.com

June 1st, 2019

VIOC In Action Radio Show
Time: Noon -1:00 pm      Location: (107.9 FM) LIVE
Contact: Virgin Islands Olympic Committee – Leon Hunt – leonlhunt@gmail.com

June 8th, 2019

VI National Track and Field Championships
Time: 8:00 am   Location: Ivanna Eudora Kean High School, St. Thomas
Contact: Virgin Islands Track & Field Federation – Wallace Williams – wallacewilliams@msn.com

June 8th, 2019

VIOC In Action Radio Show – VI Sailing Federation
Time: Noon -1:00 pm      Location: (107.9 FM) LIVE
Contact: Virgin Islands Olympic Committee – Leon Hunt – leonlhunt@gmail.com

June 9th, 2019

Bike Ride to Point Udal

Time: 7:00 am   Location: Solitude, St. Croix
Contact: Virgin Islands Cycling Federation – Theresa Harper tcharper@yahoo.com

June 9th, 2019

Virgin Islands Olympic Committee Golf Tournament

Time: 9:00 am   Location: Carambola, St. Croix
Contact: Virgin Islands Olympic Committee (340) 719-8462 noc@virginislandsolympics.org

June 10th – 16th, 2019

International Opti Regatta

Time: All Day      Location: St. Thomas Yacht Club, St. Thomas
Contact: Virgin Islands Sailing Association internationaloptiregatta@gmail.com

June 11th, 2019

Good Governance in Sports Conference

Time: 9:00 am   Location: UVI ACC Conference Room, St. Thomas
Contact: Virgin Islands Olympic Committee (340) 719-8462 noc@virginislandsolympics.org

June 13th, 2019

Good Governance in Sports Conference

Time: 9:00 am   Location: UVI Great Hall, St. Croix
Contact: Virgin Islands Olympic Committee (340) 719-8462 noc@virginislandsolympics.org

June 15th, 2019

VIOC In Action Radio Show – VI Basketball Federation
Time: Noon -1:00 pm      Location: (107.9 FM) LIVE
Contact: Virgin Islands Olympic Committee – Leon Hunt – leonlhunt@gmail.com

June 21st, 2019

St. Croix 3×3 Basketball Tournament

Time: TBA          Location: TBA
Contact: Choices Basketball Association Inc. – Alphonso Meade – elitebasketballvi@gmail.com

June 22nd, 2019

St. Thomas 3×3 Basketball Tournament

Time: 10:00 am                 Location: UVI, St. Thomas
Contact: Virgin Islands Basketball Federation – Dean Adams – adamsbig33@gmail.com

June 22nd, 2019

St. Croix Olympic Day Run

Time: 5:00 pm          Location:  St. Croix Educational Complex
Contact: VI Pace – Wallace Williams – wallacewilliams@msn.com

June 22nd, 2019

VIOC In Action Radio Show – Laverne Jones
Time: Noon -1:00 pm      Location: (107.9 FM) LIVE
Contact: Virgin Islands Olympic Committee – Leon Hunt – leonlhunt@gmail.com

June 29th, 2019

VIOC In Action Radio Show – VI Archery Federation
Time: Noon -1:00 pm      Location: (107.9 FM) LIVE
Contact: Virgin Islands Olympic Committee – Leon Hunt – leonlhunt@gmail.com

June 23rd, 2019

St. Thomas Beach Volleyball Tournament
Time: 9:00 am   Location: Brewer’s Beach, St. Thomas
Contact: Virgin Islands Volleyball Federation – Lucille Hobson – vivolleyballfederation@yahoo.com

June 30th, 2019

St. Thomas Olympic Day Run

Time: 7:30 am     Location: Magens Bay, St. Thomas
Contact: STAR – Therese Hodge therese10k@yahoo.com or Wallace Williams – wallacewilliams@msn.com

June 30th, 2019

St. Croix Beach Volleyball Tournament
Time: 9:00 am   Location: Fort Frederick Beach, St. Croix
Contact: Virgin Islands Volleyball Federation – Lucille Hobson – vivolleyballfederation@yahoo.co

3rd Youth Olympics Games – Buenos Aires,Argentina

The Virgin Islands Olympic Committee sent a delegation of 11 members to the 3rd Youth Olympics Games. The VIOC participated in Swimming, Triathlon and Track at the games. The games where delivered at an Olympic standard and where organized extremely well.

Opening/Closing

Opening Flag Bearer – Ky Odlum
Closing Flag Bearer – Mikaela Smith

Athletes / Coaches

Dominic Pugliese (Triathlon) – Scott Fricks (Coach)
Dominic raced in 2 medal events, an individual triathlon on October 8th and a mixed team relay event on October 11th.

Mikaela Smith (800 m track) – Mireille Sankatsing-Smith (Coach)
October 11th – Mikaela’s race (2:23.92)
October 14th Mikaela’s race (2:19.88)

Natalia Kuipers (Swimming) – John Vasbinder & Frank Odlum (Coach)
Women 200m Freestyle 2:15.17 (34th)
Women 400m Freestyle 4:45.60 (25th)

Ky Odlum (Swimming) – John Vasbinder & Frank Odlum (Coach)

Men 100m Freestyle 56:23 (41st)
Men 100m Butterfly 1:00.73 (43rd)