VI Athletes, Summer Olympics 2016 and more.....
I don't know what it is...something in the soil, something in the air or something in the water; but the Virgin Islands has a history of producing awesome athletes. Just recently I read of Daryl Homer's fencing victory in the Rio Summer Olympics and the article said he was "Bronx born." I shook my head and wanted to shout He Was Not Born in the Bronx., as though someone could have heard, but being alone at the moment no one would. Darly Homer was born in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands and thus is ultimately of Caribbean descent. Even if he was raised in the Bronx, at some point, clearly this rich cultural Caribbean legacy, must of had something to do with his success. The continental US is not known for its fencing skills, yet this young man was able to achieve this victory.
Comparatively speaking, the Virgin Islands is a tiny local. Given this fact, what other US city can boast of the same number, per capita, of nationally recognized athletes? However little is known regarding the heritage of many of our athletes. Since we are a US territory, the mother country gets the accolades. But let us not forget. Here is a small list of some of our more famous athletes. Of course this list is not exhaustive.
Emile Griffith, Professional Boxer and World Champion
Tim Duncan, National Basketball Champion
Elrod Hendricks, Professional Baseball Player
Alvin McBean, Professional Baseball Player
And so many more:
Rakeem Christmas, Basketball
Devon Peltier, Basketball
Julius Jackson, Boxing
Julian Jackson, Boxing
Will Tutein, Football
Muhammad Halim, Track and Field
Tabarie Henry, Track and Field
Allison Peter, Track and Field
Flora Hyacinth, Track and Field
Derrick Smith, Soccer
Glen "Kimble" Williams, Basketball
Joe Christopher, Baseball
Peter Jackson, Boxing
Sugar "Ray" Seales, Boxing
Calvin Pickering, Baseball
AND TOO MANY MORE TOO MENTION....
SMALL ISLANDS....BIG RESULTS....something in the soil...something in the air...something in the water...something in our rich cultural legacy....a lot to be proud of :)
Please add to this list anyone who I was unable to mention and share with others.