Winter Olympics 2014: Jamaica all set for Cool Runnings II as bob team qualifies
Sunday 19 January 2014
It’s the story that spawned a Disney movie and, 26 years after Jamaica’s bobsleigh team appeared for the first time at the Calgary Olympics, we may finally be set for a sequel.
Despite struggling for funding, Winston Watts and Marvin Dixon have secured their place in Sochi next month in the two-man event, with Jamaica’s official Twitter account paying homage to their Cool Runnings predecessors by posting the message: “Jamaica, we have a...”, a modified version of the film’s tagline. It was later deleted.
Watts, 46, came out of retirement to attempt to quaify and is now looking for donations to raise $80,000 (£50,000) to help him realise his dream of competing in a fourth Olympic Games.
Their British counterparts in the four-man event will have two teams competing after a last-gasp effort in Austria yesterday saw former Olympic sprinter Craig Pickering and his team squeeze through.
Elsewhere, Chemmy Alcott’s hopes of reaching a fourth Winter Olympics hang in the balance after bad weather forced her comeback race to be cancelled. Alcott returned to training only last month after recovering from a broken leg and was asked to prove her fitness by this weekend before the British team is named on Wednesday.
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