JAMAICA NEWS, FEBRUARY 19, 2018 (Mckoy’s News) Jamaican Bobsled Recovered!
In the midst of the bobsled saga – Jamaican Beer company Red Stripe Beer stepped in and saved the day for the Jamaican Bobsled team, whose coach left the team in the midst of the Winter Olympic and took the bobsled with her, leaving the team without a sled for the rest of the Olympics.
- The Jamaican women’s Bobsled team’s coach left the team at the Winter Olympics and took the sled with her.
- Red Stripe Beer company stepped up and offered to get the team a new sled.
- Red Stripe bought back the sled from ex-coach for US$50,000.
- The Jamaican Women Bobsled can now continue on!
According to the media, things got ugly when coach Sandra Kiriasis was allegedly reassigned from coach to track performance analyst, which she said would remove her from daily contacts with her team, that she had brought to the Olympics.
The Jamaican Bobsled and Skeleton Federation said that Kiriasis “elected” to leave the team and they were disappointed with her decision.
Kiriasis left the team, taking the sled with her. She said she personally had leased the team’s sled from a German company, which normally cost US$10s of thousands to buy. She was adamant that she signed the lease herself, making her legally and financially responsible for the sled. Coach Kiriases reportedly refused to return the sled to the team unless they paid off the lease!
The Red Stripe Beer company got wind of the “bobsled drama,” and stepped in as heroes!
According to The Washington Post, Red Stripe Beer discussed the terms with the team and moved to purchase the sled from Kiriasis. Sleds cost tens of thousands of dollars, this sled was $50,000; so Instead of buying a new sled for the team, Red Stripe Beer next, wired the money to the Bobsled team to get their sled back from Kiriasis.
“My expense report this month will include a bobsleigh on it,” company spokesman Bjorn Trowery said.
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.'”
Now the Jamaican women can move forward with their Olympic Sleding!
Way to go Jamaica’s No 1 Beer.