Jamaica bobsled 2.0. Yeah, laugh if you want, but the Jamaican bobsled team is racing to the Sochi Winter Olympics. That’s if they have their way. It has been 26 years since the first Jamaican bobsled team competed at the Calgary Games in Canada, which inspired the Disney movie, “Cool Runnings.” The current team consists of Marvin Dixon, Hanukkah Wallace, Wayne Blackwood and Winston Watts.
The team failed to qualify in 2006 and were hampered by a funds shortfall in 2010, now they are ready for a comeback, assuming the team qualifies. Winston Watts, who competed in the 1994, 1998 and 2002 Olympics, has emerged from retirement to help push the team to gold as its new captain, the Uinta County Herald reports.
The Jamaican bobsled team is training in Evanston that has a bobsled track remaining from the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. The team has to qualify for the Sochi Olympics by January 20. The pilot, who is the first team member who jumps into the sled first, must be ranked in the top 50 by the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation.
Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, it’s bobsled time!