2010 Youth Olympics – Day 2

There was an article in Daily News today. They are going to be asking the 8 athletes questions daily about their experiences here at the Youth Olympic Games. (YOG) and running their answers.

Basketball had another great day. They scored 32 points to end the game against the Philippines with over a minute left to play. All four players really know the 3 on 3 game and make the most of it. Their shooting again has been great. Coach Jareem Dowling video taped their next opponent Spain for them to study.

Again the atmosphere at the venue is really unique The team does not have a game on Tuesday but will be participating in a free throw contest in the afternoon. With the way they have been shooting who knows.

Brigitte Rasmussen swims the 100 butterfly tomorrow and David Walters the 400m.

Sailors Ian Barrows and Challis Diaz had a practice race today but no wind made it a drifting match.

Races begin tomorrow.

2010 Youth Olympics – Day 1

Opening ceremony was impressive. Singapore took advantage of their beautiful waterfront stage and impressive skyline. Lots of fire and fire works, dancersdragons drums, the torch came in by boat across the bay. Hope they showed some clips in the islands. Everyone was home before Midnight so that was a plus.

Bridget swam the 50 breast and was just a little off her CAC best time. She swims again on Tuesday. Bridget really liked the starting blocks that allow you to push off like the track blocks.

The Basketball team had solid win over South Africa. (28-12 I believe could be a little off) At one point they had 3 the pointers in a row. The venue is awesome. Two half court games are going on at once.

Both being announced and music blaring. While the teams are warming up at least twenty girls are dancing while they are shooting. 5 minute halves with a shot clock of 10 seconds It is exciting to watch, They play the Philippines tomorrow morning David Walters practiced at the competition site this AM and will run Tuesday morning. Sailors had another day of practice and will have a practice race tomorrow.

Everyone trading pins and taking advantage of the activities being offered.

Ian Barrows Gold

Ian Barrows wins Gold Medal in Youth Olympics

Ian Barrows GoldVirgin Islander Ian Barrows sailed to gold in the boy’s Byte CII class. Barrows had hit the front on the penultimate day of the regatta and made certain of success with a third-place finish in the medal race.

His score of 44 points gave him a 16-point margin of victory over Germany’s Florian Haufe, who claimed silver.

Netherlands Antilles’ sailor Just Van Aanholt clinched bronze after winning the race on the last day, shading out Finland’s Kaarle Tapper by four points.

Barrows stayed very focused to the end as he maturely describes, ‘You’ve just got to stay really focused and not get too caught up in the results and not get too nervous. I had really good boat speed on the upwind and tactics, so that helped a lot and I was super conservative.’

V.I. sailor Thompson qualifies for Olympics

Cy Thompson

After a disappointing finish at the 2011 Pan American Games in October, U.S. Virgin Islands sailor Cy Thompson flew directly to Australia to compete in three prestigious regattas. The main reason for his trip to the other side of the world was to qualify for the 2012 Olympics.

Earlier this week, Thompson did just that.

Thompson, a St. Thomas native, finished 56th overall out of the 147 sailors in the Men’s Laser Division at the 2011 International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Sailing World Championships, which were held in Perth, Australia from Dec. 3-18.

Thompson, 23, earned one of the Olympic berths available to the top 36 countries represented at the World Championships. To date, he is the only USVI sailor to qualify for the 2012 Olympics in London.

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V.I. long jumper Halim qualifies for 2012 Olympics

Muhammad Halim

There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home.

Halim traveled back to Cornell University, his alma mater, for a homecoming meet last weekend and registered career bests in the long jump and triple jump events. The Cornell faithful were on their feet every time Halim started down the runway and the crowd exploded when the results were revealed on the scoreboard.

“It’s a huge arena and everyone was going crazy,” the 25-year-old Halim said Friday. “It was definitely a special moment. I was surrounded by old friends and coaches, so to have those kinds of jumps in that environment – it couldn’t have happened any better for me.”

Halim tallied a distance of 16.85 meters in the triple jump, which set a new USVI record, stadium record and personal best. More importantly, the jump met the “B” Standard set by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and it qualified him for the 2012 Olympic Games.

2012 London Team

The Virgin Islands has qualified 7 athletes in 3 different sports for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England. The XXX Olympiad will take place from July 26 to August 12, 2012.

Our Athletes

  • Tabarie Henry 4th in the world 400m
  • Cy Thompson Laser Class Sailing
  • Mimi Roller Laser Class Sailing
  • Branden Whitehurst Swimming 100m Freestlye
  • Muhammad Halim Athletics Triple Jump
  • Allison Peter Athletics 100m & 200m
  • Laverne Jones-Ferrette Athletics 100m & 200m

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Mays, V.I. swimmers win medals

Bryson Mays swam his way to one gold medal and two silvers to lead a U.S. Virgin Islands contingent of 14 swimmers that competed at the XXVI CARIFTA Swimming Championships last week in Barbados.

As a team, the USVI finished 11th out of the 17 countries that took to the pool for four days of fierce competition. Before the team left last week, USVI coach John Vasbinder described the event as one of the top age group swim meets in the Central American and Caribbean region.

Mays entered the meet as the top seed for the 200- and 400-meter Individual Medley races. He took first in the 400 IM in 4 minutes and 42.81 seconds, and barely missed another gold in the 200 IM when Suriname’s Diguan Pigot touched a fraction of a second faster.

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2010 Singapore Team

Chef de Mission – Lyn A. Reid
Athletics Ansen Sligar – Coach, Assistant Chef de Mission David Walters – Athlete

Backetball Jareem Dowling – Coach Amadius Der-Weer – Athlete Kadeem Jones – Athlete Javier Martinez – Athlete Rasheed Swanston – Athlete
Sailing Dino Weber – Coach Ian Barrows – Athlete (Flag bearer) Catherine Diaz – Athlete

Swimming Stacy Schaetz – Coach Brigitte Rasmussen – Athlete