was born about 25 years ago in a mountain village in central Nepal.
He needed to work from the age of eight and received little education.
After his father died, he was informally adopted in 1990 by British
millionaire, Richard Morley, and taken to live in an English Castle
as his son and heir. As a youth, Mr. Morley received life saving assistance
from Jay's father on Mt.Anurpurna and he promised in return to adopt
the boy if anything happened to the father. But the British Government
refused to accept the adoption and ordered Jay's deportation. The
legal argument lasted nearly seven years amidst intense international
publicity until a new British Government finally accepted Jay's right
to live with his British family in 1997.
Only then could Jay begin to fulfil his long
held dream to represent his nation at the Olympics. He had always
wanted to be a sportsman but until the 1997/8 season he could not
leave Britain and visit his family ski chalet in Les Arcs, France.
Mr. Morley had been an Alpine Ski racer during his service with Royal
Navy and Jay was determined to emulate him. So they returned to Nepal
and discussed the formation of a Nepal Ski Association with the king
and the government. Skiing is almost completely unknown in Nepal and
the Nepal Ski Team could not officially take existence until 2000.
But Jay was able to spend the meantime under training from his father
and the French UCPA training school at his home village in Les Arcs.
Over the past two seasons Jay has concentrated
entirely on Alpine Skiing where he specialised in Giant Slalom and
also developed some Super GS experience. He has won a few local races
with a handicap rating not far from Olympic qualification standard
but his performance at unfamiliar FIS courses was hampered by inexperience.
A season of poor snow and a troublesome shoulder injury in March 2001
finally seemed to close Jay's chance of qualifying for the Salt Lake
But on 17 November 2001 Jay took up Cross Country
Skiing and began to qualify for the Games through another route. Since
then he has raced in 6 FIS events and briefly trained together with
French National team under Jean Pierre Boudet. Although he has little
chance of even beating another competitor in 10km event, Jay will
be delighted simply to finish the two courses and become the first
Nepali Winter Olympian in history.