Special Olympics Team from the Virgin Islands Earns 42 Medals (17 Gold)

Pictured is Ariel Turnbull, VI Special Olympian competing in shot-put (photo credit: Special Olympics Virgin Islands).

Pictured is Ariel Turnbull, VI Special Olympian, competing in shot-put (photo credit: Special Olympics Virgin Islands).

Earlier this month, a team of 19 Virgin Islands Special Olympians traveled to Los Angeles for annual international competition.  They proudly brought back 42 medals (17 of them gold) and many ribbons.  The team was lead by Jana Lee, head of the Virgin Islands delegation.  The games were broadcast live on ESPN.  The USVI team was welcomed home with a reception and celebration for their families, at which Governor Kenneth Mapp spoke.  Founded in 1968, more than 2,500 athletes from 165 countries competed in the Special Olympics this year.  The 2015 theme was ‘Inclusion for All People.’

The VI team competed in five sports: athletics, aquatics, bowling, powerlifting and tennis.  Athletics is the broadest category at the Special Olympics, which also receives the highest athlete participation.  It includes traditional track walking / running / hurdle events for both individuals and relay teams.  Field events include ball throws, long jump, mini-javelin and shot-put.  Road races at half-marathon and marathon distances are also options in the athletic category.  Modified versions of the walking / running events include assisted walking and wheelchair events.

U.S. Virgin Islands Special Olympians:

(medals noted)


  • Aubain, Marquis
  • Daniel, Era (golds in 4 x 400m relay and 800m / bronze in 400m)
  • Maynard, Jahkiel (silver shot-put 4 kg)
  • Sosa, Alex (gold in 4 x 400m relay / bronze in 400m / silver in 800m)
  • Stevens, Devonte (golds in 4 x 400m relay and javelin)
  • Tuitt, Jusenia (golds in 4 x 400m relay, 800m and 1500m)
  • Turnbull, Ariel
  • Vanterpool, Jakisha


  • Abdaljawwad, Yazan (silver in 50m backstroke / bronze in 50m freestyle)


  • Johnson, Leroy (gold in unified team / gold in unified doubles / bronze in singles)
  • Johnson, Rachanna (gold in unified team)
  • Samuel, Briana (gold in unified team / gold in singles)
  • Williams, Shabari (gold in unified team / gold in unified doubles)


  • Dominguez, Steven (gold in deadlift / silver in bench press / bronze squat lift / silver overall)
  • Miranda, Danilo (gold squat lift / bronzes in bench press and dead lift / silver overall)


  • Alicea, Abigail (silvers in unified mixed doubles level four and singles level four)
  • Burke, Nhunda (bronze in unified doubles level three / silver for level three singles)
  • Daniel, Alohnah (bronze in unified doubles level three)
  • Nicholas, Dante (silver in unified mixed doubles level four)

Full results for the U.S. Virgin Islands Special Olympic Team

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