First Jamaican Olympic Alpine Ski RacerBook Benjamin
In 2022, Benjamin Alexander made history as Jamaica’s first-ever Olympic Alpine ski racer. A complete outlier in his field, his skiing career only started at the age of 32, just six years before his Olympic glory. Benjamin found skiing through his previous career when he was invited to perform at a heli-ski event and was mesmerized watching the skiers.
Benjamin Alexander spent most of the last decade on the road as an esteemed international DJ, resident for the quintessential Burning Man brand, Robot Heart. After retiring from nightlife in late 2018, his mind shifted to what challenge would motivate and drive the next chapter of his life. Obviously, it would be ski racing under the Jamaican flag, right?
Benjamin went full force on his deep dive into the sport. His first mountain lesson was in 2016, six pandemic-riddled years before he competed in the Beijing Winter Olympics. Despite the deck being stacked against him before including the curveball of the pandemic, it was his ability to pivot to find ways to continue training despite the global closure of ski resorts that eventually helped him secure victory.
Benjamin is a champion for diversity, not only in his achievements but in his continued work in supporting the next generation of athletes on their mission to the Olympic games and extolling the virtues of winter sports far and wide, especially to those from diverse backgrounds.
His story has all the ups and downs of a Hollywood script and is an inspirational story of determination, planning and remaining nimble to minimize the effects of adversity.
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