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"I want to represent the land of my father,” Kerr told a reporter at the Jamaica Gleaner this spring. "That's the dream," he added. Kerr's father passed away ten years ago, which gives his journey to the Olympic podium extraordinary representation of kindred father-son connection. "I believe everyone has to appreciate where they came from. I feel like one day in his own way, he'll say to me, 'I'm proud of you, son!'"
"We are thrilled to support Errol leading up to the 2010 Games and provide Alpine as his primary training ground," stated Kent Hoopingarner, Alpine Meadows General Manager. "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," he added.
Kerr's number-one Olympic mission is to win the newest winter ski discipline, skier cross. Emerging on the scene during the 2007/2008 on the international skier cross circuit, his performance surprised the world with his 5th place finish in his first Winter X-Games competition in 2008. With a current World Cup ranking of 24th and U.S. ranking of 2nd, Kerr has won the interest of many, including Alpine Meadows, Jamaica, and Eric "Homey" Holmer, who will train Kerr for the Games.
"Errol has a great deal of potential and I'm confident he can build upon his strong finishes last season," Homey explained. "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," he added.
Kerr's 5th place finish at the Winter X Games skier cross event was in addition to an 8th and 12th place finish at FIS World Cup in Europe; 5th and two 6th place finishes on the Jeep King of the Mountain tour and a 6th and 8th place finish at the North American (NORAM) Cup at Big Mountain, Montana - where he competed in the downhill and super giant slalom disciplines.