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Sunday 20 April 2014

Jamaican bobsled team qualifies for Sochi Olympics

16 Feb 2002:  Winston Alexandr Watt and Lascelles Oneil Brown of Jamaica compete in the men's 2-man bobsled during the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Robert Laberge/Getty Images
Jamaica will look for funding to take their place at the Winter Olympics

As they famously sang in the film Cool Runnings, Jamaica they got a bobsled team.

Twelve years since they were last represented at the Winter Olympics, Jamaica will take their place in Sochi assuming they can meet the financial requirements.

Jamaica qualified for the two-man competition yesterday but funding is a serious problem and sled driver Winston Watts has said that he's trying to raise as much as $80,000 in the next couple weeks to cover travel and equipment costs.

"Right now," Watts told Associated Press, "we're at zero."

Jamaica first competed in Olympic bobsledding in 1988 at the Calgary Games, a story that inspired the "Cool Runnings" film and the country has often fared quite well on the international circuits considering their climate disadvantage.

Watts finishing 28th at the Salt Lake City Games 12 years ago with Lascelles Brown, and despite claiming he was retired for the best part of a decade, is hoping for one final fling in Sochi.

"We're pretty good," Watts said. "We're not there with the rest of the world, of course. But we if had some more sources for funding, we'd have a better chance."

 

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