Peter Crook - BVI's Flag Bearer At Winter Games; Local Delegation Will Attend
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Published: February 05, 2014 1:24 pm AST
Peter Adam Crook is preparing to carry the flag of the BVI at the Winter Games.
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Peter Adam Crook, the British Virgin Islands competitor in the free style, half-pipe event, will have the distinct opportunity to bear the flag for the BVI at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games opening ceremony on February 7 at the Fisht Olympic Stadium in the Olympic Park.

The qualifier and finals of the ski half-pipe competition will take place from 8:30am to 12:30pm AST on February 18 in the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.

The opening ceremony will be broadcast live by NBC and the Caribbean cable television sports channel, SportsMax on channels 301 and 302 at 12:00pm noon AST.

Crook arrives in Sochi on February 5 and will be accommodated in the Mountain Olympic Village along with his coach, LukeÃâàAllen.

Accompanying Crook and his coach is the subscribed BVI contingent as allotted by the International Olympic Committee regulations governing the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

The BVI delegation comprises the Vice President of the British Virgin Islands Ski Association, Barney Crook; Chef de Mission, Mark Chapman; BVI Olympic Committee (BVIOC) President, Ephraim Penn; and BVIOC Secretary General, Lloyd Black.

Crook's family and friends have also committed to attend the games and will be in Sochi to show their support.

Crook, British Virgin Islands born and alumnus of Cedar International School has been skiing since he was nine years old and nurtured a dream to be a professional skier from the age of eleven. With his family home based in the BVI, Crook has spent his time between surfing in the BVI and skiing in the USA to finally realize his ambition of representing the BVI at the Winter Olympic Games.

The British Virgin Islands Ski Association was formed in 2010 under the auspices of the BVI Olympic Committee. Once sanctioned by the BVIOC, Crook was inducted into the International Ski Federation and represented the BVI in international competitions including Olympic qualifiers. In August 2013, Crook took 10th place at the World Cup held in Cardrona, New Zealand. He is currently ranked No. 27 in the world by the Association of Freeski Professionals.

The BVI made its Olympic debut at the Sarajevo 1984 Winter Olympic Games when Errol 'Canute' Fraser represented the Territory in speed skating. He is believed to be the first black speed skater to compete in the Winter Olympics.
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Peg O'Grady | Report Abuse
Go Adam. We are all rooting for you. You have already made the BVI's as well as friends in Lake Geneva proud.
February 10 at 8:41am | Like    Dislike
Byron Scott | Report Abuse
Best of luck to this young man. Coming from a country which clearly doesmnt snow and to be representing the BVI in the Winter Olympics is amazing :-)
February 08 at 2:37pm | Like    Dislike
VI Doll | Report Abuse
Go Peter, Go Peter....this just gives me goose bumps, you are a winner in every aspect of your life. Wow, representing a Tropical Island in a Winter Olympics.
February 07 at 10:46am | Like1 Person like this.   Dislike
This is awesome!! Wish the Government took more of an interest in this and publicize it more. Rooting for you Peter!!! Make us proud. Congrats on your achievements. Wishing you all the best. Good luck, will be watching!!!!
February 05 at 2:45pm | Like18 People like this.   Dislike
Wait! | Report Abuse
Sadly there's no political mileage to gain out of it so most don't care. I'm really happy for this young man and hope he could make history and medal in his event. Regardless, this will be a great experience for him and a great accomplishment for the BVI.
February 05 at 2:58pm | Like12 People like this.   Dislike
Goooooo Peter!!!!
February 05 at 2:44pm | Like10 People like this.   Dislike
Julie & Ralph | Report Abuse
Congrats to Adam & good luck in Sochi. We'll be cheering you on from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
February 07 at 11:46pm | Like    Dislike
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