JAMAICA NEWS, FEBRUARY 21, 2018
South Korea (Mckoy’s News) — Jamaican Bobsled Makes Winter Olympics First: The Jamaican Female Bobsled team made history at the Winter Olympics in South Korea, on Tuesday, as did the Bobsledders from Nigeria.
Carrie Russell and Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian became Jamaica’s first Olympic female bobsledders, on February 20, 2018 — after a fearful week in which their coach, Sandra Kiriasis, resigned and took the bobsled with her, threatening their ability to continue in the Winter Olympics competition.
The Jamaican Bobsled team almost had to watch the Winter Olympics from the grandstand, with the gut-wrenching loom of returning to Jamaica without competing in the Olympics, with their sled gone — but then came a saviour, Jamaica’s Red Stripe Beer company, the number one beer in Jamaica. Red Stripe Beer stepped up and wired US$50,000 to the team to purchase their sled from Ex-coach, Sandra Kiriasis, who vowed not to let the bobsled team have the sled after she left unless they bought it from her.
Red Stripe told NBC Olympics: “This is not a joke. The games are an honour to compete in, and as the No. 1 beer in Jamaica, we want to help those athletes realize their dreams. The athletes clearly have no quit, so we would love to do our part and put the cost of a new bobsled on our ‘bar tab.'”
The Bobsled team follows in the footsteps of the 1988 Jamaican bobsled team at the Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada; which inspired the movie “Cool Runnings.”
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s Seun Adigun and Akuoma Omeoga became the first bobsled team ever to represent an African nation. Alongside skeleton athlete Simidele Adeagbo, with an additional accolade of being the first athletes from Nigeria to compete in a WinterOlympic.
Much Hoorayyy worldwide for both teams!