UPDATE: Jamaican Bobsled Team Set on Sochi
Poised to qualify for the Winter Games this weekend
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Flashbacks of Cool Runnings will certainly emerge as the Jamaican bobsled team is expected to qualify for the Sochi Olympics at this weekend’s event in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Winston Watts and Marvin Dixon make up the two-man team hoping to end the country’s 12-year absence from bobsled competition.
Watts, 46, has come out of retirement to lead the Jamaican team, which, if it qualifies, would make him the oldest Olympic bobsled competitor by eight years. Watts originally competed in the 1994 Olympics and then retired after missing out on the 2006 games, according to reports from the International Business Times.
“Man, you should see me! Age is just a number. You’d never believe I was a man of 46… You’d say maybe 30, 35. I’m big, dark, and handsome, like a six-foot, 235-pound runnin’ back,” Watts confidently told The Telegraph.
Even if the Caribbean team does qualify, the athletes don’t know if they’ll have the funding to fly to Sochi. Watts reportedly put up his own money to fly the team to Evanston, Wyoming so the team could train in nearby Park City, Utah. Early on, the team was cut from a four-man team to a two-man team due to lack of funding.
If they qualify, you can help the “Hottest Thing On Ice” through its website.
UPDATE: January 20, 2014
The Jamaican two-man bobsled team accepted an inviation to compete in the Sochi games this weekend, but it will need a lot of help to attend. Winston Watts and the rest of the team are trying to raise up to $80,000 for travel and equipment costs. And they need it now.
Two major crowd-funding campaigns have emerged through Indiegogo and Crowdtilt to help the team reach its goal. Early Moday morning, the two sites had generated more than $30,000 in less than 24 hours.
“Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme. It’s crowdfunding time!!!! (:” wrote the Crowdtilt administrator.