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Jamaican bobsled team qualifies for the Sochi Games



The Jamaican bobsled team may be headed to another Olympics.

Organizers said Saturday that Jamaica has qualified for the two-man competition at next month's Sochi Games, though it remains unclear if the tiny nation will actually be racing. Funding remains a serious concern for the team, and pilot Winston Watts told The Associated Press on Saturday that he's trying to raise as much as $80,000 in the next couple weeks.

Watts was 28th in the two-man event at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games with Lascelles Brown, now one of Canada's top push athletes.

The International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation is not expected to confirm before Sunday at the earliest how many nations qualified for the Olympic fields.

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fmeyer11 January 20 2014 at 8:12 AM

Here's hoping they make it. Their team is in many ways what the Olympics should be about.

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rhrwlss January 20 2014 at 2:19 AM

Congratulations! I am wishing all will be done so the team will receive the opportunity and victory.

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YourFtr January 20 2014 at 1:29 AM

I always remember the women's downhill in the Yougoslavian olympics.
There was a whiteout Blizzard on and you couldn't see the course or the skiers.
The american girl lost a ski; but made it down.
The British girl had a slow time.
Finally the French Girl told the Olympic Committee..."I'm not skiing down the %$&*ing hill in a %S&*ing Whiteout Blizzard !!!!???!!!
They finally decided to Postpone the event due to weather !!

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YourFtr January 20 2014 at 1:21 AM

It would depend upon if Joihn Candy was available as Coach again!

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ROCCOXYZ January 20 2014 at 12:00 AM

Honestly I could care less either way.

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Hello, Mary January 20 2014 at 4:15 AM

Well, you cared enough to comment!

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Kay January 19 2014 at 11:46 PM

I hope that the team is able to come up with the funding to be able to participate at the Sochi Games!

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ramar2020 January 19 2014 at 11:05 PM

i dont care about stereotype its only idiotics just hope they make it and do their best

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samlupowitz January 19 2014 at 10:45 PM

One of the highlights of the winter Olympics is rooting for the bobsled team from Jamaica (a tropical island nation where it "never" snows). With all the money that's wasted in this world, you mean to tell me that $80,000 (less than 1/10th the cost of just 1 laser-guided missile) can't be raised to send them?

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forksmt January 19 2014 at 10:52 PM

Well first off i didnt know that Jamaica had laser guided wepons. Now this is not a cut down but the best export they have is weed. A tenth of a shipment should cover that. And if they do make it and I hope they do ill be cheering for them even over team USA.

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Lisa January 19 2014 at 11:40 PM

They export very good coffee (Blue Mountain) and have a thriving tourist industry. I doubt that the biggest portion of GNP is marijuana.

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zipg January 19 2014 at 11:13 PM

send them 1k

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pjames66 January 19 2014 at 10:42 PM

usa 2 man sled designed by BMW < north america> new sled won the trials . Jamaican sled being driven in salt lake city by there team if USA doesnt beat the jamaicans by 2 seconds then give them the gold medal

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martyhoff1 January 19 2014 at 10:34 PM

Aren't there enough Jamaican-American descendants that care about this? And yes, I think the stereotypes are uncalled for. The movie "Cool Runnings" brought to our attention the fact that maybe all equatorial area nations aren't only in summer olympics and Nordic area athletes aren't all ski-jumpers. I hope these guys make it.

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