Benjamin Alexander made history for Jamaica, as he is the first person to ever represent Jamaica in the Alpine skiing competition at the Winter Olympics.
38-year-old Alexander is of Jamaican descent and started skiing in 2015. He was a DJ at the top of a Canadian Mountain and decided to make the transition to becoming an Olympian after going to the Olympics in PyeongChang and realizing that Jamaica was only represented by three athletes.
“I went to the Olympics in PyeongChang as a spectator and noticed that there were only three athletes in representation for Jamaica, a country that’s a complete powerhouse in the Summer Games,” Alexander said.
The athlete is also the 15th person to ever represent Jamaica at the Winter Olympics. After his first run, Alexander was able to place 54th, however, he anticipates much improvement in the second run.
This representation by Benjamin Alexander in the Alpine skiing competition is definitely a proud moment for Jamaica. The country will also be represented at the Winter Olympics, Beijing 2022 by teams participating in the men’s bobsled team and women’s monobob.
Watch as Alexander talks about his journey below.