Cool Runnings inspires first skier to represent Jamaica in Winter Olympics

A former DJ will become the first skier ever to represent Jamaica at the Winter Olympics next month.

Benjamin Alexander only took up the sport in 2016 and does not have a full-time coach. But he managed to qualify for Beijing after finishing seventh in the giant slalom at the Cape Verde National Ski Championships on 12 January.

He says his unlikely story is partly inspired by the legendary 1988 bobsleigh team – who were the first Jamaicans in history to take part in the Winter Olympics – before crashing out and finishing last.

They were transformed into cult heroes by the 1993 film Cool Runnings.

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Groundbreaking journalist Ida B. Wells inspires a Barbie doll

Ida B. Wells, the groundbreaking journalist and co-founder of the NAACP, is being honored as part of Barbie’s "Inspiring Women" series of dolls. Jericka Duncan has more on CBSN.

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A teenage fan’s struggle with cancer inspires Imagine Dragons to create a foundation

Back when Imagine Dragons was a struggling band trying to find an audience, they met a young superfan fighting cancer. A friendship was formed and when he passed, they created a foundation to help families fight childhood cancers. The band shares their story with Jamie Yuccas.

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Young Ballerina With Cerebral Palsy Inspires In ‘Nutcracker’ Debut

Eight-year-old Pressley Meek never thought she’d be able to become a ballerina due to her cerebral palsy but this holiday season, she will take the stage in her "Nutcracker" debut with Orlando Ballet. Her journey to the stage all began when Pressley was 3 and saw her first "Nutcracker" performance. NBC’s Kerry Sanders reports for Weekend TODAY.

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Chicago Dad Reads Books To His Daughter’s Class, Inspires Other Fathers To Join Him

After some trouble with the law in his early 20s, Joseph Williams turned his life around. In 2013, he was volunteering at his daughter’s school lunchroom on Chicago’s South Side when he was asked to cover for her teacher for a few minutes. He quickly grabbed a book and started reading to the kids, and he’s never looked back. Now, the 150-member Mr. Dad’s Father’s Club invites fathers to come and read in public school classrooms around Chicago.

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Deaf dancer inspires on U.K.’s “Strictly Come Dancing”

A deaf contestant is making history and inspiring a nation on “Strictly Come Dancing,” the British version of “Dancing with the Stars.” CBS News’ Charlie D’Agata asks Rose Ayling-Ellis, who glides along the floor without ever hearing the beat, how she does it, and looks at what it means to her, and many others.

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U.K. dancer inspires increase in British Sign Language

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Jenna Dewan loves seeing how ‘Step Up’ still inspires young dancers

From being a ‘Janet dancer’ to leading ‘Step Up,’ Jenna Dewan shares how dancing was just the beginning.

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Say Their Stories: Eddie Jackson Aids and Inspires At-Risk-Youth through Remain to Reach Foundation

Say Their Stories: Eddie Jackson Aids and Inspires At-Risk-Youth through Remain to Reach Foundation

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