The Jamaican Bobsled team came to the Sochi Winter Olympics thanks to the generosity of private donors, as the tropical country’s sole representatives and have now ended their dream of reaching the podium.
The island nation’s team first gained worldwide notoriety when they qualified for the 1988 Winter Olympics Games in Calgary. An oddity, considering that Jamaica is not known for getting a lot of snow, rather for the perfect year-round warm beach weather.
In their third and final heat, the Jamaican Bobsled team made up of 46-year-old Winston Watts, the pilot and 30-year-old Marvin Dixon, the breasksman, took 58.17 seconds — their best time — to follow up the 58.42 and 58.81 they had after the first two heats on Sunday, effectively ending their Olympic dreams.
Natives to the beautiful Caribbean country are known for their easy going, cheerful personalities and don’t seem to be fazed by a thing, their motto has become: “Don’t worry, be happy.”
Now, at Sochi, a new song has taken the Olympics by storm and is all the rage.
“The Bobsled Song” authored by Sidney Mills, Jon Notar, and Groove Guild was written to match the course at the Sochi Games.
If it was playing while the Jamaican Bobsled team raced, the shouts of “to the right” and “to the left” would have matched the turns on the track.
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This is the official Jamaican Bobsled team song, commissioned by the country’s Tourist Board in celebration of the only athletes competing at the Winter Games. It’s a big deal for Jamaica.
The fact that the team even made it to Sochi — the first time since the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics — was a big accomplishment for the nation.
The Jamaican Bobsled team didn’t even qualify for the Winter Games until January, leaving them very little time to raise funds to actually attend and compete.
On their way to Russia, they missed their connecting flight due to bad weather and when they got to Sochi, realized that some of their equipment had been lost in transit.
Somehow, the Jamaican Bobsled team competed and even though they finished in 29th place (out of 30 teams), their spirit wasn’t broken. It’s bobsled time.