TORTOLA, BVI -- Freestyle skier Peter Adam Crook is heading to Sochi, Russia, next month to compete in the 2014 Olympics as a representative of the British Virgin Islands (BVI). It has been 30 years since the BVI has had an athlete perform for the territory in the Winter Olympics.
In 1984, Erroll “Canute” Fraser became the first ice speed skater to represent the territory at the 1984 Winter Olympics held in Sarajevo, (a city in the former eastern European state of Yugoslavia now Bosnia and Herzegovina).
Freestyle skier Peter Adam Crook
Last week, Crook was inscribed as the BVIs’ male Freestyle athlete, which qualified him for one quota slot in the Half Pipe Ski: the first time this event has been featured in the Winter Olympics.
“Although the BVI Olympic Committee was initially surprised when Adam Crook’s father, Barney Crook, approached us regarding a Ski Association, we recalled that the 1984 Winter Games was in fact the first time the BVI was ever represented in the Olympics and that sports covers all types of activity,” said Ephraim Penn, president, BVI Olympic Committee. “We are exceptionally proud to have been in a position to make this happen for both athlete and country. Adam has trained hard and competed well over the past 18 months and we commend him for his dedication and determination to make it into the top 18 half-pipe skiers and indeed to qualify for the Winter Olympics.”
“Sochi 2014 is the culmination of a four year endeavor for Adam,” said Mark Chapman, chef de mission, Sochi 2014. “The pressure on any athlete representing his or her nation at the highest level of competition is intense and my role now is to smooth the way, ensure professional representation of our nation and deliver a stress free transition into the games for Adam. It’s a given that we will be there for him with the support, and pride we feel as he competes for the BVI.”
Crook was born and raised in the BVI. At the age of nine he moved with his family to the United States where he was first introduced to the sport of skiing. Crook continued skiing throughout high school and graduated from Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy in 2011. One of his earliest coaches was Bud Keene, the same coach of famous skier Sean White.
“Mr Crook exemplifies the athleticism and showmanship on the slopes that is indicative of a first class competitor. It is a rare opportunity for the British Virgin Islands to have an athlete represent our islands in the Winter Olympics and we are very inspired to have this young skier showcase his talents on the world stage in Sochi, Russia,” said Sharon Flax-Mars, director of tourism.