Cool Runnings inspires first skier to represent Jamaica in Winter Olympics

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A former DJ will become the first skier ever to represent Jamaica at the Winter Olympics next month.

Benjamin Alexander only took up the sport in 2016 and does not have a full-time coach. But he managed to qualify for Beijing after finishing seventh in the giant slalom at the Cape Verde National Ski Championships on 12 January.

He says his unlikely story is partly inspired by the legendary 1988 bobsleigh team – who were the first Jamaicans in history to take part in the Winter Olympics – before crashing out and finishing last.

They were transformed into cult heroes by the 1993 film Cool Runnings.

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