Virgin Islands at the 2008 Summer Olympics
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The United States Virgin Islands competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics, which were held in Beijing, the People's Republic of China from August 8 to August 24, 2008. The appearance of its 23-person delegation marked its fifteenth appearance at the Olympic games, and its tenth appearance at the Summer Olympic games. In total, seven athletes participated on behalf of the Virgin Islands (Tabarie Henry and LaVerne Jones-Ferrette in track and field, John and Julius Jackson in boxing, Thomas Barrows III in sailing, Ned Gerard in shooting, and Josh Laban in swimming) in Beijing. Of those, John Jackson and Tabarie Henry progressed to a post-preliminary event, and Henry reached semifinals in his own. There were no Virgin Islander medalists at the Beijing Olympics.
Between its beginning and the Beijing Olympics, the United States Virgin Islands have participated in fifteen Olympics games, including five Winter Olympics. Of the ten Summer Olympic games, the Virgin Islands have sent a delegation for every game since the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City excluding the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. The first women in the team participated at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montréal, and the delegation has included women ever since, peaking at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.〔 The size of its summer Olympic team was largest between 1972 (16 athletes) and 1992 (25 athletes), and was at its all-time largest in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles when 29 athletes competed for the country. After 1996, the team carried 15 athletes or less.〔
In its entire history up to Beijing, there has been one medalist: Peter Holmberg, who medaled silver in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. Seven Virgin Islanders participated in the Beijing games, including five men and one woman in five distinct sports. There were no medalists, although boxer John Jackson〔 and runner Tabarie Henry〔 progressed to post-preliminary rounds. Josh Laban was the nation's flag bearer during ceremonies.〔
The Virgin Islands' delegation to Beijing included five executives (among them, Virgin Islands Olympic Committee President Hans Lawaetz); the seven Olympians, along with nine assisting staff (coaches, etc.); and two youth camp athletes. Overall, 23 people composed the team.〔
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