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Dream Chaser intent on Cool Runnings

Published 10:39 AM ET, Tue March 19, 2013
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Michael Williams is striving to take part in the 2014 Winter Olympics for Jamaica. The 42-year-old has until January 2014 to achieve the required points to get in. CNN
Williams caught up with CNN's Alpine Edge show to explain how he had been inspired to try skiing for the first time after watching the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. CNN
Williams first became interested in snow sports after watching Jamaica's bobsleigh team compete at the 1988 Games. The quartet became one of the stories of the competition after swapping their tropical Caribbean island for the slopes of Canada. Georges Gobet/Getty Images/file
Frederick Powell (L) did the team's PR duties as they became huge stars at the 1988 Games while Michael White (C) and Allen Caswell (R) were joined by Dudley and Chris Stokes for the four-man competition that captivated the world. Toshio Sakai/AFP/Getty Images/file
Williams was born and raised in Canada but qualified for Jamaica thanks to his mother and grandmother being from the West Indian island. Michael Williams
Williams (C) experienced plenty of snow growing up in Canada, but it wasn't until he saw the 1988 Winter Games that his interest in snow sports was piqued. Michael Williams
Before launching himself into the world of snow sports, Williams had a spell as a professional footballer. CNN
It was the performance of Kwame Nkrumah-Acheampong, known as "The Snow Leopard," that convinced Williams to pursue his dream. In 2010 he was the first Ghanaian to compete at the Winter Games in 2010, and Williams said: "If this guy can do it, I can do it." Ker Robertson/Getty Images/file
Jamaica do have some pedigree in snow sports -- Errol Kerr competed at Vancouver in 2010 in the skicross event, finishing ninth. It is the highest placing of any Caribbean athlete in Winter Olympics' history. Cameron Spencer/Getty Images/file