Gary di Silvestri

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Gary di Silvestri
Personal information
BornFebruary 3, 1967 (1967-02-03) (age 52)
Staten Island, United States

Gary di Silvestri (born February 3, 1967 in Staten Island, United States[1]) is a cross-country skier who competed for Dominica at the 2014 Winter Olympics in the 15 kilometre classical race.[2] His Olympic appearance for the tropical island country (which had never fielded a team in the Winter Olympics before) became widely controversial after it was exposed that di Silvestri and his wife, Angelica di Silvestri, (who also goes by Angelica Marrone), paid to become Dominica citizens and lied to media outlets about various aspects of their lives.[3]

Early life and business career[edit]

Gary di Silvestri is a graduate of Monsignor Farrell High School in Staten Island, New York, where he was a member of its football and wrestling teams. He has an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and a Masters from Columbia University. He has had a long career in financial services and has worked in for Deutsche Suisse Asset Management in Washington, D.C.; Credit Suisse First Boston in London, England; and Morgan Stanley in both London and New York City.[4][5]

Disputed background[edit]

The website Deadspin published an additional investigative article that disputed multiple aspects of di Silvestri's background.[6]

When confronted by various media outlets about their questionable claims, di Silvestri did not respond to inquiries or declined comment.[7]

Athletic career[edit]

Gary di Silvestri competed along with his wife, Angelica, during the 2014 Games. However, neither was able to complete their respective races.[8] Gary was one of four competitors to not finish his 15 km event (there was also one non-starter). Of the four skiers who did not finish, Gary was the only one to not manage to make it to the first checkpoint (at 2.2 km).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ FIS Biography
  2. ^ "Bend XC coach named Dominica Nordic Ski Team head coach". KTVZ. 16 January 2014. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Gary, Angelica Di Silvestri's Timeline as Controversial Dominica Olympic Skiers". Bleacher Report. 25 February 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
  4. ^ Gary di Silvestri resume
  5. ^ "Board of Directors". JMSred, LLC. Archived from the original on February 20, 2014. Retrieved February 7, 2015.
  6. ^ "Dominica's Fake Ski Team Scammed The Olympics And The Press". Deadspin. 24 February 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
  7. ^ "Staten Island man, 46, and wife will ski for Dominica at Sochi Olympics". NBC Sports. 23 January 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
  8. ^ "The fraudulent lives of the Montana couple who LIED about their sporting backgrounds to become Dominica's first-ever Winter Olympic team (that consisted of just them)". Daily Mail. 22 February 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
Olympic Games
Preceded by
Debut
Flagbearer for  Dominica
Sochi 2014
Succeeded by
Incumbent