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Jamaica’s women bobsledders qualify for Winter Olympics

Monday, January 15, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation (JBSF) today announced that it will be sending a women’s team to the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea next month.

It is set to mark Jamaica women’s bobsleigh team's first appearance at the Olympics, though the announcement comes three decades after the small tropical island made its debut Winter Olympic Games appearance.

Though not medalling, Jamaica men's bobsled team boggled minds with an impressive show at the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Canada. Their performances inspired the 1993 film Cool Runnings.

“This is one of the happiest moments of my life, I never dreamed that I would become a bobsleigh athlete. Today also marks three years since I lost my father, which makes this journey even more meaningful," said brakeman Carrie Russell, a first timer at the Winter Games.

Audra Segree, an admired track athlete with a personal best of 11.30 seconds over 100 metres, has also been selected as a brakeman.

Meanwhile, Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian is to pilot for the Jamaica team. Fenlator-Victorian previously piloted for USA in the 2014 Winter Games before returning to her roots and joining JBSF in 2015.

The men’s team is currently ranked 31st on the Olympic Qualification list, one spot out of qualification.

If any teams forego their selection, Jamaica would be next in line to make its seventh appearance in the men’s two-man event on the 30th anniversary since their debut in Calgary.

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