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1st March 2018

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Jamaica made its Winter Olympic debut

In 1988, Jamaica featured in the Winter Olympics for the first time in the two-man and four-man bobsleigh events.

In 1988, Jamaica featured in the Winter Olympics for the first time in the two-man and four-man bobsleigh events.

Thirty years ago, Jamaica made their debut at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada, as they featured in the two-man and four-man bobsleigh events.

The four men; Dudley Stokes, Devon Harris, Michael White and Chris Stokes, became very popular at the Games due to the novelty of a tropical country having winter sport athletes, especially Jamaica.

The team received support from other nations and athletes, including guidance and old/used sleighs to help them compete.

Stokes and White raced in the two-man bobsleigh and finished 30th out of 41 teams after their four runs.

However, the four-man team were listed as DNF at the end of their event. They flipped the sleigh on their third run and carried it over the line; one of the iconic moments in Winter Olympic history. Following the crash they did not compete in their fourth run and subsequently were listed as DNF.

Since 1988, Jamaica have competed in seven of the last eight Winter Olympics, including a four-women bobsleigh team at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.  

The film Cool Runnings is loosely based on the story of the four-man bobsleigh team from Calgary in 1988. 

 

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