Benji Alexander’s Bid to Become Jamaica’s 1st Olympic Alpine Ski Racer (Ep.178)

Benji Alexander is a passionate ski racer and backcountry skier with a stranger-than-fiction backstory. So on the Blister Podcast we talk to Benji about how Burning Man got him into skiing; what inspired his Olympic aspirations; the numerous logistics he has had to navigate to make this happen; the financial hurdles that all Olympic hopefuls have to face; and what motivates him to keep pushing forward.
Benji Alexander (photo by Stephen Shelesky / Leki)


This week we’re talking to Benji Alexander about his bid to become Jamaica’s first Olympic alpine ski racer. Benji is a passionate ski racer and backcountry skier with a stranger-than-fiction backstory. So we talk about how Burning Man got him into skiing; what inspired his Olympic aspirations; the numerous logistics he has had to navigate to make this happen; the financial hurdles that all Olympic hopefuls have to face; and what motivates him to keep pushing forward.

TOPICS & TIMES:

  • Benji’s childhood (3:31)
  • From DJ to Skier (7:31)
  • The bid to become Jamaica’s 1st Olympic ski racer (22:26)
  • Financing an Olympic bid (43:25)
  • Benji’s motivation (45:32)
  • Current training program & next steps (55:32)
  • Backcountry skiing & becoming a lifelong skier (1:04:19)

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Benji Alexander is a passionate ski racer and backcountry skier with a stranger-than-fiction backstory. So on the Blister Podcast we talk to Benji about how Burning Man got him into skiing; what inspired his Olympic aspirations; the numerous logistics he has had to navigate to make this happen; the financial hurdles that all Olympic hopefuls have to face; and what motivates him to keep pushing forward.
Benji Alexander (photo by Stephen Shelesky / Leki)

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