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6 Blacks From the US, Africa and the Caribbean Who Flourish at Skiing


Andre Horton — Anchorage, Alaska

Horton is from Anchorage, Alaska, which is strange enough. But to be a Black man skiing makes his story that much more intriguing. He became one of the best-known and successful African-American skiers. In 2001, he made history as the first Black skier to be on the U.S. Alpine Ski Team. When he was asked for his proudest accomplishment, he told Ski Racing Journal: “I’ve made some black people cry because they couldn’t believe I was racing down a course at a world-class level. Because they could never do it when they were growing up. That’s my quiet smile, as I call it.”
Errol Kerr

Errol Kerr — Jamaica

Kerr started skiing early, at age 4, and at 11 began competing. He searched for an event before settling on ski cross, and he was the first Jamaican to represent his country in the Winter Olympics in Vancouver 2010. He finished ninth overall, the best finish ever for an athlete from the Caribbean at the Winter Games.

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