AP profiles the Jamaican Ski Team’s Errol Kerr, Team of One

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on December 23, 2009 12:25 pm

A Ski Channel favorite, the Jamaican Ski Team’s Errol Kerr was recently profiled by Associated Press.  We’re putting the finishing touches on our feature length flick about Errol, dubbed ‘Team of One’ (trailer above).  Errol’s story is a fascinating one, and as we head towards the Winter Olympics, the Errol Kerr drum beat is going to get louder and louder.  We’ve been documenting Errol’s skier cross Olympic dream for a year now, and any major pub he gets makes us happy.

The latest is the Associated Press.  Here’s an excerpt and you can read the entire article here.

“It’s more than just a country,” Kerr said. “It’s in my blood, in my DNA.”

Born to an American mother and a Jamaican father, Kerr grew up a dual citizen between Lake Tahoe, where he moved with his mother as a child, and Westmoreland, Jamaica’s westernmost parish.

He has felt most at home on the slopes since he was a kid watching a ski race on TV.

He rolls with the jokes, most of which inevitably draw comparisons to the Jamaican bobsled team, a fan favorite in the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary that inspired the comedy “Cool Runnings”.

In fact, one of Kerr’s sponsors is a beverage company called Cool Runnings.

“There’s no running away from it,” Kerr said of the bobsled team. “I embrace it. They laid the groundwork.”

But while the bobsled team was initially a novelty, Kerr enters the Vancouver Olympics — his first — as a serious contender.

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