Jamaica’s women bobsledders qualify for Winter Olympics 30 years after the men

Jamaica Bobsleigh Federation announced it will be sending a women’s team to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games
16 January 2018

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

American-born Fenlator switched to join her father's native Jamaica in 2015.

"Pyeongchang will be my second appearance at the Winter Games, but it is just as special as my first," the 32-year-old said.

"This time I have the opportunity to represent my other home - Jamaica - and make history as the first female team representing the country in the Winter Olympic Games."

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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