Island of Dominica competes in first Winter Games

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 31, 2014 at 1:56 pm •  Published: January 31, 2014
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BIG SKY, Mont. (AP) — The tiny Caribbean island nation of Dominica will be represented in its first-ever Winter Olympics by a husband-and-wife team whose Olympic dreams have gone from fading with middle age to becoming a reality.

American-born Gary di Silvestri and his Italian-born wife, Angelica, are unlikely ambassadors for the country of 70,000 better known for its tropical climate and black-sand beaches than its winter sports. But when Dominican officials heard the International Olympic Committee's 2012 call for more Caribbean participants in the Winter Games, they saw two of their newer citizens as the best chance to qualify.

The couple took on the challenge.