The US Virgin Islands flag flies proudly at the London Summer Olympics

The US Virgin Islands flag flies proudly in London at the Summer Olympics
photo credit Mimi Roller 

Can you name the flags flying next to the US Virgin Islands flag? Did you know that the Virgin Islands Olympic Committee (VIOC) has sent a team to every Central American & Caribbean, Pan American and Olympic competition since 1966.  With the exception of the 1980 Olympics in Moscow which the VIOC boycotted, it has sent a team to every Olympic competition since the mid 1960's. The first medal - a silver - was won at the 1988 Seoul Olympics by Peter Holmberg in Yachting.  Might this year be the year to add to that medal?
This year the US Virgin Islands qualified 7 athletes in 3 different sports for the London Summer Games which start tomorrow, Thursday, July 26, and last through August 12.  Additionally, the USVI will be represented in the Paralympic Games, with an equestrian athlete, which also takes place this summer starting on August 29.  Let us celebrate them all:

  • Lee Frawley Equestrian, Paralympic Games
  • Muhammad Halim Athletics Triple Jump
  • Tabarie Henry 4th in the world 400m
  • Laverne Jones-Ferrette Athletics 100m & 200m
  • Allison Peter Athletics 100m & 200m
  • Mimi Roller Laser Class Sailing
  • Cy Thompson Laser Class Sailing
  • Branden Whitehurst Swimming 100m Freestlye