Benjamin Alexander made a piece of sporting history on Sunday as he became Jamaica’s first alpine skier to compete at the Winter Olympics.
Alexander, a former DJ, only took up skiing at the age of 32, but six years later, he’s found himself competing at the highest level of the sport in the men’s giant slalom in Beijing.
He may have placed last out of the 46 skiers in the event, but that won’t bother Alexander. His main goal was just to get to the Olympics.
“Qualification – that was the finish line that I was running towards,” Alexander told CNN before the Games.
“This is just the icing on the cake. I’m competing with people that have been skiing since the age of two, ski racing since the age of four.”
With no skiing experience among his immediate family, Alexander hopes his story will be a “beacon of light” to others hoping to defy the odds and one day compete at the Olympics.