Not that the road to the Olympics was easy for this sunshine-athlete. After deciding to go serious on the advice of his coach, he faced a 'ridiculous' learning curve thanks to his father accidentally teaching him bad habits, ("He only started skiing when he was 35 himself!") and getting used to skis that were far too big for his age.
His goal at Sochi is to try and set a personal best as well as breaking some more ground for tropical athletes at this, most winter, of tournaments.
"You can't always get all the way but it clears the path for others to follow. I'll be passing the torch onto my little brother [soon]. I'm going to keep skiing as long as I can, but my brother just reclaimed his title as the fastest 17-year-old in the world at downhill so I think he's going to be the future.
"I don't want to jinx anything but he's currently 150th in the world across all ages in downhill and he has a great coach and great facilities, and he's been recruited to Harvard for skiing -- and he loves it, which is the most important thing. He represents the Cayman too,"
Like Hohenlohe, Travers is also recovering from injury after a crash in Aspen. His right ski edge cut into left leg. "It wasn't muscle restricting but I couldn't train for fear of blowing stitches and getting blood everywhere," Travers explains. But he will be giving everything on the slopes to represent his country as best he can.
So if you're interested to see how these tropical athletes thunder in Sochi be sure to follow Hohenlohe, who will take part in the super combined slalom on February 22 and the giant slalom on February 19 when Travers will also compete.