USVI Olympic Team
I watched our team in the parade of athletes. Does anyone have a list of who they are and what sports they are participating in?
I am traveling and can't find anything on line. Thanks.
Here is the roster: http://www.virginislandsdailynews.com/index.pl/article_sports?id=17627392
Now, can someone explain to me how the USVI can have an Olympic team separate from the US Team?
The USVI can send athletes to China because the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has recognized the island's National Olympic Committee (NOC). NOCs are the official representatives of each Olympic delegation and are approved only after meeting criteria established by the IOC. But while the standards national committees must meet are clear, the rules governing who can form them are considerably murkier. The Olympic Charter states, "the expression 'country' means an independent State recognized by the international community," and the IOC interprets insular areas as sufficiently independent to participate in the games. Thus, the IOC recognized the USVI NOC in 1967.
Cruz: The skelton is a sledding event that occurs during the winter Olympics. Not too much sledding in 90 degree heat! 😉 I think the article was referring to the last Winter Olympics- and I have already forgotten where it was- two years ago??
dnt: Thanks for the explanation! Those stogies are making you real smart! 😎
cruz: Jim Dandy has really got me researching now. (Gotta get some of the stogies, dnt ) The Friday 8/8/08 Daily News dead tree edition has a list of all the Olympics teams- winter and summer- since 1968. I knew that Ronald Russell was an Olympics supporter, but I see he participated in track and field on the 76 & 84 teams. There was no skelton team in Turino in 06, so they must be looking forward to 10.
There are two athletes competing for the BVI in track and field.
We got two milliseconds, it seems... and I found the announcer to be rather snarky. Of course, he certainly did not consciously mean to be. So I guess that it means he actually was not.
OK, let me re-phrase. He used sentences that I found insensitive, like referring to how since the countries were not in alphabetical order, but appeared according to the number of strokes in the Chinese characters, would be found "nonsensical" by those tuning in. I did not like that word, and don't think it was necessary. All he had to do was to announce the format in which the list was compiled without putting thoughts into our heads.
He joked that the ruler of one African country (cannot remember which) had promised medal winners dream homes while pronouncing him "wily", because never in the history of that country had anyone brought home a medal. Ah, those Third World countries, headed by leaders who underestimate the intelligence of their citizens. Hmmmm.... sounds like the U.S. of A. I can say this, so I have much for which to be grateful... but: "Pot, Kettle... Kettle, Pot!"
I turned the sound down, but continued to enjoy the spectacle. NBC owes us one, we deserved more than that brief flash. They should have had cameras placed so that no matter where they were coming back from sponsors, there could have been a few seconds of coverage for every country. They gave big props to the larger countries, and smaller ones were lumped into strings that you missed if you breathed.
At least we made Wikipedia respectably: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virgin_Islands_at_the_2008_Summer_Olympics