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

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 Mayaguez

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

V.I. officials told that Olympic athletes need more money, better facilities

Olympic hopefuls from the Virgin Islands need more and better facilities, more money and better coordination with the government if they hope to compete consistently at an international level. Yet even though they lack resources, Virgin Islands athletes consistently surprise people the world over with their competitiveness.

That message was repeated many times as representatives of each of the 22 federations of the Virgin Islands Olympic Committee gave a five-minute speech in front of other federation heads and Gov. John deJongh Jr. and other government officials on Saturday morning at Government House in Christensted.

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V.I. representatives to attend the Athens Olympic Youth Camp

The Virgin Islands Olympic Committee recently announced the selection of Sacha Gumbs, a tennis player and Muhammad Abiff, a wrestler,  as the V.I. representatives to attend the Athens Olympic Youth Camp (OYC) to be held during the Olympics this Summer in Athens Greece August 11-26, 2004,  .

The OYC, organized and funded by the Athens Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (ATHOC), is a cross-cultural exchange that will bring together young people from around the world. They will participate with their peers in learning about other nations and their customs and to share the experience of the Olympic Games.

The program is divided into three sections over 16 days. The youth will participate in activities in Athens, outside of Athens and on a one-day cruise to the island of Saronikos. They will attend the Opening and Closing Ceremonies as well as Olympic Games competitions, observe athletes training, visit archaeological areas and tour Ancient Olympia.

Youth applicants between the ages 16-18 were required to submit information about their sport and academic achievements, their leadership activities and an essay on “Olympic Spirit” and to be interviewed by the VIOC Executive Board..

The first Olympic Youth Camp was at the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm, Sweden, when King Gustav V invited 1,500 Boy Scouts from five countries to pitch their tents next to the Olympic Stadium to provide help for the V Olympiad. The camps have been a regular feature of the Olympic Games since 1952 in Helenski, Finland, with Melbourne and Los Angeles being the exceptions.

2006 – 2000 Teams

2006 Torino Winter Olympics

President/Chef de Mission – Hans Lawaetz
Secretary General – Angel L. Morales
Treasurer/Acting President – Leonard W. Bonelli, Sr.

Women’s Luge

Dallas A. Simons – Physical Therapist
Melita Glanville – Coach
Julianne Abernathy – Athlete (Flag Bearer)

2004 Athens Olympics

President – Hans Lawaetz
Secretary General – Angel L. Morales
Chef de Mission – Dr. Marlon S. Williams
Treasurer – Leonard W. Bonelli, Sr.
Vice President – Lyn N. Reid
Attache – Georgios Strathopoulos


Ronald E. Russell – Team Leader
Neville G. Hodge – Coach
Charles Golphin – Coach
Laverne Jones – Athlete (Flag Bearer)
Adrian Durant – Athlete


Nicholas Castruccio – Team Leader
Jacques F. Dreyfus – Coach
Timothy Pitts – Athlete


Carol Laban – Team Leader
Brian J. Schrader – Coach
Jerome Adams – Coach
George Gleason – Athlete
Joshua Laban – Athlete


Bruce Meredith – Team Leader
William Henderson – Coach
Chris Rice – Athlete

Youth Camp

Sasha Gumbs
Muhammad Abiff

2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics

President – Hans Lawaetz
Vice President – Dr. Marlon S. Williams
Chef de Mission – Larry Heikkila
Physical Therapist – Dallas A. Simons
Alternate Skeleton – Troy Billington


Eugene Sudziarski – Team Leader
Randy Will – Coach
Troy Billington – Athlete
Zachery Zoller – Athlete
Quinn T. Wheeler – Athlete
Paul A. Zar – Athlete athlete
Michael Savitch – Athlete
Christian E. Brown – Athlete
Keith E. Sudziarski – Athlete

Women’s Luge

Melita Glanville – Coach
Julianne Abernathy – Athlete
Dinah Suzy Browne – Athlete *


*(First African American woman Luge athlete and Flag Bearer)

2000 Sydney Olympics

President – Hans Lawaetz
Secretary General – Angel L. Morales
Honorary Life President – Edgar M. Iles
Chef de Mission – Lyn N. Reid
Asst. Chef de Mission – Leonard W. Bonelli, Sr.
Chiropractor – Dr. Marlon S. Williams
Physician – Dr. Cora Christian
Masseur – Debra B. Aronson
Attache – Anne Keating


Ronald E. Russell – Team Leader
Neville G. Hodge – Coach
Flora Hyacinth – Athlete
Ameerah Bello – Athlete (Flag Bearer)
Jeff Jackson – Athlete


Judith Lordi – Team Leader
Federico Daners – Coach
Lucy “Gigi” Hewitt – Athlete
Fausto Ledezma – Groom


Chris Rice – Team Leader/Athlete
Bruce Meredith – Athlete


James Wayne Willis – Team Leader
George Gleason – Athlete


Nicholas Castruccio – Team Leader
Todd Hudgins – Coach/Boatman
Paul Stoeken – Athlete
Ben Beer – Athlete

Youth Camp

Joshua Laban
Rodneyscha Pitts