Dominica at the 2014 Winter Olympics
|Dominica at the
2014 Winter Olympics
|NOC||Dominica Olympic Committee|
|Competitors||2 in 1 sport|
|Flag bearer||Gary di Silvestri (opening
|Winter Olympics appearances (overview)|
Dominica competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia from 7 to 23 February 2014, in its Winter Olympics debut. The team consisted of two athletes in one sport, cross-country skiing.
According to the quota allocation released on 20 January 2014, Dominica has two athlete in qualification position. The nation was represented by the husband and wife team, Angelica and Gary di Silvestri. Both visited the island nation about seven years prior and did philanthropic work on the island. For their work the Silvestris were given Dominican citizenship as a token of gratitude.
In late 2012 the International Olympic Committee approached the Dominica Olympic Committee (DOC) to see if it had any athletes to enter into the games. The DOC asked the Silvestris knowing they were skiers. The Silvestris created the Dominica Ski Federation and managed to qualify for the Games in late 2013 (Gary) and in January 2014 in her last chance (Angelica). The Silvestris do not have residence in the country and took up the challenge to represent the country, both so the island could get noticed and to establish a winter sports following amongst the youth of Dominica.
Had Angelica competed in her race, she would have become the oldest women to compete in a cross-country skiing race at the Winter Olympics, surpassing Norway's Hilde Gjermundshaug Pedersen who competed as a 41-year-old at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.
|Gary di Silvestri||Men's 15 km classical||DNF|
|Angelica di Silvestri||Women's 10 km classical||DNS|
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