Winter Games Athletes
Alexander made his Olympic debut in Vancouver and helped the United States to a promising 11th-place finish in the team competition. He took first place on the normal hill at the 2013 national championships and was second on the large hill, and he was also the national champion on the normal hill in 2009. Yet despite his previous experience and history of strong performances at nationals, Alexander would have to pull a major upset to finish on the podium in Sochi, where he'll be competing with top European jumpers who dominate the sport at the international level. A U.S. men’s ski jumper hasn’t won a World Cup medal since 1991 or placed in the top 10 of an Olympic event since 1988. Alexander finished 40th and 41st on the large hill and normal hill, respectively, at the Vancouver Games. He's the oldest member of the U.S. men's ski jumping team at 24, and the goal for this young group in Russia may be to gain valuable top-level competition experience. "There is a solid amount of experience on this team considering how young they are," U.S. men's coach Clint Jones told the U.S. ski team's official website. " ... However, I feel that we still haven't seen the best jumps from any of our young team members, and I am looking forward to seeing them step up their game in Sochi and in the years to come." Alexander began jumping when he was 10, learning the sport through his participation with his hometown Lebanon Outing Club.