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No Winter Olympics for Bahamian Korath Wright
By The Bahamas Weekly News Team
Jan 15, 2010 - 11:00:14 AM

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Kory in The Bahamas in 2008. Photo Tim Aylen

Calgary, Canada - After a lot of planning, excitement and preparation, on top of a couple years of training and competing, Bahamian-Canadian Korath Wright will no longer be representing The Bahamas in the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Korath had to make the top 40 on January 7th, 2010 at the recent LG Snowboard FIS World Cup held in Austria, and unfortunately that did not happen.

Korath, now back in Calgary, Alberta can reflect on the very busy and productive last couple of years where he experienced much travel; World Cup events; and where he had the opportunity to meet many wonderful people, in particular his family back in The Bahamas. His plan is to spend much more time in The Bahamas.

Korath (center) with children from The Bahamas who participated in the Bahama Snow Kids Camp in Mount Hood, Oregon in summer 2009. Photo: Alex Neun

Most impressively Korath put on the first ever Bahama Snow Kids Camp which gave teens from The Bahamas, some who had never experienced snow before, the opportunity to try snowboarding with Korath at Mount Hood, Oregon.

Korath Wright is also the first Bahamian to have his name on a watch. In 2009 Carbon 14 released a sports watch with his name and the Bahamian colours. The launch was held in New York City along with such people as Devon Harris of the Jamaican Bobsled Team and Malik Yoba; and a launch was also held the same month in The Bahamas at John Bull.

Korath got as far as he did without any financial assistance from the Bahamas government. He actually did not even have the means to pay a coach as most other Olympic athletes do. Who knows where he could have ended up IF he had the financial support he truly deserved. One can only now imagine the highlight The Bahamas could have had being featured in a historic first winter Olympics for the country, with all the world watching.

Korath in New York in fall 2009 for Carbon 14 promotion

Kory sent The Bahamas Weekly the following message to share with you all:

"I want to thank all those that supported me over this time. Your encouragement and support will not be forgotten. 2009 was a great year and there were many achievements. One I am most proud of is getting the Bahama Snow Kids Camp started in the summer of 2009.

I want to thank the following:
Atlantis; John Bull; Carbon 14; everyone who helped out with the Bah amas Snow Kids Camp; Wendy's; Theo Tsavoussis; Antonio Braga; ABC Construction Ltd; Environmental Projects Ltd.; Frecon Construction Ltd; Michael Lerch and the Lerch family; Hannes Babak; Pelican Bay Hotel; the YMCA in Grand Bahama; the New Providence Community Church; SkyBahamas Airlines; Brice Limo Service;  Robbin Whachell and The Bahamas Weekly."

It's been quite a ride!

Kory visits the Summer Olympics: Korath Wright (right) stands with Bahamian Olympic Tennis player Devin Mullings after his match at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in China.

Photo: Marlene Rego

Through his decision to represent his country in the Olympics, and the media that surrounded it, Korath was rekindled with his father.

Korath warmly received in The Bahamas in 2008, yet no funding was provided to assist him in his training for the Olympics.

Korath in action

Korath at the launch of Carbon 14 watch in New York in 2009. Malik Yoba, owner Carbon 14 Watches, Bahamian snowboarder Korath Wright, and Devon Harris from the Jamaican Bobsled Team Photo: Guestofaguest.com

Korath in action

The first Bahamian to have his name on a watch.

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Bahamian Snowboarder Korath Wright Visits Grand Bahama Island

Miss Bahamas Universe contestants meet Bahamian Snowboarder Korath Wright

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(VIDEO) Bahamian Snowboarder Korath Wright's Bahamas Trip May 2009

Bahamian Snowboader Korath Wright meets with Bahamas Film Commission

Bahama Snow Kids Camp becomes a reality

(VIDEO) Bahamas winter Olympian, Korath Wright takes nine teens to the first ever Bahama Snow Kids Camp

Carbon14 launches Korath Wright watch at John Bull in The Bahamas

Meet Bahamian Winter Olympian, Korath Wright at John Bull in Nassau

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