Angelica and Gary di Silvestri will represent Dominica at the games. Photo courtesy  Gary di Silvestri

Angelica and Gary di Silvestri will represent Dominica at the games. Photo courtesy Gary di Silvestri

Dominica’s participation in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia has been sealed, according to general secretary of the Dominica Olympic Committee (DOC), Thomas Dorsett.

He said president of the DOC, Felix Wilson, left the island on Wednesday to attend the event.

Gary di Silvestri, a 46-year-old originally from Staten Island, N.Y., and his wife, Angelica Morrone di Silvestri, 48, born and raised in Italy, will compete for Dominica at the games.

They are both Dominican citizens.

They had qualified to take part in the games but were awaiting final accreditation.

The two athletes will compete in cross country skiing at the event.

Gary di Silvestri will compete in the men’s 15 km classical, while his wife will participate in the women’s 10 km classical.

Dominica’s participation in the games has it genesis in late 2012 when the International Olympic Committee approached the DOC asking it if it had any athletes to enter into the games.

The DOC contacted the Silvestris, knowing they were skiers.

The Silvestris then created the Dominica Ski Federation “from scratch” and managed to qualify for the Games. Gary qualified in late 2013 and his wife January 2014.

The 2014 Winter Olympics will be held from February 7 to 23.