The 38-year-old former DJ admits that the story of the bobsleigh, who performed in Calgary in 1988 and later filmed their story in “Reggae on Ice,” was his inspiration.
– I spoke to Dudley Stokes, a 1988 bobsleigh pilot. It was in October when I was looking for any information that would help me with my training, because I couldn’t afford a permanent trainer. Alexander admitted that he advised me to focus on the basics and not worry about novelties and curiosities.
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He’s only been skiing for six years, and apart from not having a permanent coach, and not having enough financial resources to invest in the best equipment, he’s had problems getting regular exercise due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I had doubts because I thought it was a crazy and unrealistic idea to qualify for the Olympics, especially since with borders closed and competitions often canceled at the last minute, it was difficult to plan anything,” Jamaica told Reuters.
He won the Olympic passport by placing seventh in the… Cape Verde Ski Championships in… Liechtenstein in January.
Alexander, from Great Britain, whose father is Jamaican, took his first steps in skiing in Canada. He was falling a lot, but that didn’t discourage him.
Knowledge has been drawn from all possible sources. In order to see the best with my own eyes and enjoy the Olympic atmosphere, I went as a fan of the Olympics in Pyongyang four years ago – he confirmed.
He understands that competing with the best in the world is not for him, but he wants to inspire people from small and exotic countries to the world of winter ski sports.
Jamaica is known for its success in the Summer Games, mainly thanks to its athletes. But it is possible that by participating in the Winter Olympics, I will do more for the country – the skater mentioned.
As he added, he never set himself any goals.
After all, I will be racing with people who have been skating since the age of two, and their parents or later sports clubs and federations have invested a lot of money in their training. I’ve done something really unreal, and I’m not a superman, but a guy who wants to inspire young people not to give up on their dreams. And maybe one day Jamaica will see the Winter Olympics medalist – Alexander summed it up.
He is due to report in Beijing on February 3, and the giant slalom is scheduled to begin on February 13.
Jamaica also secured Olympic qualification in men’s quad and double bobsleigh and women’s monobobs.
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