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Jamaica sends three bobsleigh teams to the Beijing Winter Olympics

JAMAICA: Jamaica will be represented at the Beijing Olympics (February 4-20) for the first time in its history in three bobsled events, announced by the Jamaican Olympic Committee.

“It will be fire on ice,” Team Jamaica said on its Twitter account.  “This is the first time Jamaica has qualified in three Olympic bobsled events: the four-man bobsled, the two-man bobsled, and the women’s single-man,” the Jamaican Olympic Committee added.

Jamaica can also hope to participate in the fourth and final event on the program of the Olympic Games 2022 since, in the women’s two-man bobsleigh, the Jamaican crew narrowly missed the qualification and has the status of the first alternate.

Jamaica entered the history of the Winter Olympics in 1988 in Calgary, Canada, by participating for the first time in the bobsleigh events, in two-man bobsleigh (30th) and four-man bobsleigh (withdrawal).

Since then, the country has participated in the Olympic bobsleigh events several times, in both the men’s and women’s two-man bobsleigh, but it was only in 1998 that a Jamaican team competed in the four-man bobsleigh, the top category.

The men’s foursome and their improbable dream of Olympic glory in Calgary inspired the movie “Rasta Rockett” and were a popular success.

Chris Stokes, a member of that crew, is now president of the Jamaican Bobsleigh Federation and faces a different challenge: financing new equipment, including expensive bobsleds.

The Jamaican Olympic Committee has been trying since the end of November to raise 194,000 dollars (170,200 euros) for this via an online financing operation. But for the moment, it has collected only 4,000 dollars.

“Our athletes are as willing, hard-working, resilient, and talented as anyone else, but without high-level bobsledding, they will never reach their potential,” the page to raise funds reads.

“We don’t want to drag race in a Prius,” the appeal concludes.

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