A:My family have been situated in the Cayman Islands for longer than I have any right to remember,as, well, it was long before I was born. I have always been inextricably linked to the Island despite my Father’s, and subsequently my family’s, moving to England for work when I was young. Thankfully, when we were in England we traveled as often as we could to return to the Cayman Islands, so I had a split upbringing between Cayman and England. whenever we came back to Cayman it was certainly a homecoming. Currently, Grand Cayman is our family's base of operations and home as we travel far and wide for my alpine ski racing career, and our home could not possibly be more perfect to return to after braving the harsh, frozen winter.
Q:How did you become an Olympic Alpine Ski member?
A:The seeds of my eventual Cayman Islands Olympic Alpine Ski Membership were sown when I spent my winter holidays chasing my Father, Mother, and Brothers around the slopes of Beaver Creek, Colorado. It was on those slopes that I decided that I wanted my relationship with skiing to not be so transient as the winter holidays. Also, my Brothers both engaged in Alpine Ski Racing, so it was natural for me to follow suit. Around my 10th birthday, my Father moved back to the Cayman Islands, and–to give my Brothers, myself, and him a chance to ski frequently–we bought a place in Aspen, Colorado. This allowed us to spend the winters in Colorado, developing and honing my skiing skills and the summers in the always beautiful Cayman Islands. Q:How specialized is your training?
Q:How specialized is your training?
A:My training is incredibly specialized. In terms of my ski training, it is almost never ending. My coach and I start training in Colorado as soon as the first snow falls in mid-October. From there it is a grueling season until mid-April. There is hardly a day off, and tens of strength sapping training runs are taken everyday to tune my ability and prepare me for upcoming competitions. However, come April we only get a month off before we travel to Europe in June to setup our equipment for the coming season and train more on the glaciers up high in the mountains–amazingly, this past summer we had the surreal opportunity to train indoors in Northern Germany in June. Next, in mid-July we head down to the winter season in New Zealand and Australia for a month of training. Then, the process repeats again. In terms of fitness training, I have a year-round program that involves strength training in the gym 4-5 days a week overlapped with 3 days of intense high altitude cardio training a week–running at 8,000ft in Colorado is a particularly beneficial type of torture. I motivate myself by making sure that none of my peers in the sport can be working any harder than me. Ski Racing is highly strength intensive, and I take pride in my fitness program that should give me that extra edge come race day.
Q:Detail your diet...
A:My diet is very abnormal and extremely specific. I am basically following a gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian diet, and I haven’t touched anything that could be constituted as junk food for a few years. I am as strict as can be regarding my eating, and I have a perfect dietary plan that fuels my training. I home make all of the food I eat from scratch, which can be daunting when you see the quantities of food I must eat! My diet is based around plant based protein powders, quinoa, buckwheat, beans, every imaginable vegetable, and fruit. I am a food nutrition label fanatic, so I always examine what is in my food. I also take 15 pills every morning and evening to tune everything from my mental acuity to my physical performance. I have spent a long time researching dietary needs of athletes, and now I’m confident I have an ideal diet. Since last month my overall cholesterol was measured at a grand total of 79 and my LDL was 24, I’m led to believe I’m on the right track!
Q:What is your vision for your Olympic run?
A:My vision for my Olympic run is the perfect culmination of all the training that I am currently doing. It will be the time when I unleash everything that I am capable of, and I will certainly have no regrets. An Olympic run is always a do or die affair in my sport, so I have to grab the bull by the horns–or more fittingly for my Cayman origins, the shark by the fins–and leave all that I have on the hill. Of course, when I imagine the upcoming 2018 Olympics, it is with a golden hue, and I am confident that I can reify this dream and bring home the first Winter Olympic medal to the Cayman Islands. I can only imagine the look on the faces of the Austrians–ski racing's most notable participants–when a guy from the Cayman Islands gives them a run for their money.
Q:What are your plans after the Olympics?
A:Since I have been accepted to Harvard University starting in the fall of 2015, I will be studying avidly while I ski train. After the Olympics I will likely be afforded time to focus on my scholarly aspirations, and, hopefully, revel in my Olympic success. It is difficult for me to fathom what the period after the 2018 Olympics holds, as I am so focused and determined in my current Olympic planning period. However, I’m sure I’ll be able to find a new purpose to direct my enthusiasm and zeal towards.
Q:Can you give us all of your social media handles?
Twitter = @Ignite.
Instagram = @dean_travers.