Olivia Morina, who was born of Jamaican descent in the United States and is currently based in North Carolina, is hoping to represent Jamaica at the Olympics as a figure-skater. As she is only 10 years old, she must wait until she is 13 to become eligible for international competitions, and her attempt to complete the process of representing the island nation – she is qualified to do so through her Jamaican father – has been delayed because a local Jamaica Figure Skating Federation has not yet been formalized or received official recognition from the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA).

Morina was inspired toward her Olympic goal after watching the Winter Olympics and noting that Jamaica had no representative in her sport. According to Diane Burkle, Morina’s grandmother, Olivia trains every day and is looking forward to competing for Jamaica at the global level. She added that Jamaican authorities are working on the necessary legal documents to establish the federation and that Morina is waiting for her Jamaican passport to be returned. Burkle noted that there is no hurry, given Morina’s young age, and she is optimistic that her granddaughter will eventually wear Jamaica’s colors at the Olympics…

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