Errol Kerr update: Jamaican Ski Team announces partnership with Alpine Meadows |

Errol Kerr update: Jamaican Ski Team announces partnership with Alpine Meadows

Sun Staff reports

Truckee’s Errol Kerr and his Jamaican Ski Team announced a partnership with Alpine Meadows Ski Resort on Wednesday.

The 22-year-old skicross racer, who is a dual citizen of the United States and Jamaica, will represent the island nation in World Cup competition and at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, B.C.

Kerr is the only athlete currently on the Jamaican Ski Team. Raul Guisado, his coach, will be training him at Alpine Meadows.

“We are thrilled to support Errol leading up to the 2010 Games and provide Alpine as his primary training ground,” said Alpine Meadows General Manager Jim Kercher in a release. “Errol’s talent is matched by his determination to achieve his goals ” which speaks volumes of his character, sportsmanship and work ethic ” resulting in a perfect fit for Alpine.”

Kerr received International Ski Federation approval to ski for Jamaica early in the summer. He was born to an American mother and Jamaican father who died when he was 12.

Ranked 24th in the world coming off his rookie season in skicross, Kerr began alpine racing for Far West Skiing when he moved to Truckee at age 11. He still trains in alpine events and has a strong background racing motocross and BMX.

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“Errol has a great deal of potential, and I’m confident he can build upon his strong finishes last season,” Guisado said in a release. “Errol landed on the circuit and was nicknamed the ‘rookie’ in skier cross; but his alpine ski racing, motocross and BMX background has helped him develop the skills he needs to excel at this event and exceed expectations. If he continues to work hard and stays focused, he could very well be a medal contender in 2010.”

Kerr will travel to Jamaica this month for dryland training. On-snow training at Alpine Meadows will begin as soon as the snow flies.

Look for a full story in the Sierra Sun next week about Kerr and his dryland training regimen at Alpine Meadows.