Jamaica national bobsleigh team

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Two-man sled of the team in an undated photo

The Jamaican national bobsleigh team represents Jamaica in international bobsledding competitions. The team first gained fame during their debut in the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where they were seen as underdogs in as much as they represented a tropical nation in a winter sport. The team returned to the Winter Olympics again in 1992, 1994, 1998, and 2002. The team failed to qualify for the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics. Led by driver Winston Watts, Jamaica qualified for the 2014 Winter Olympics in the two-man coming at last place.


The team (consisting of Devon Harris, Dudley Stokes, Michael White, and last minute replacement Nelson Stokes) debuted at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta. There they quickly became a fan favorite largely because of their status position as the ultimate 'underdog' story of the games. Not only was there the novelty of having a tropical country compete in a cold-weather sport, but they had very little practice going down a bobsled track before, and they borrowed spare sleds from other countries to compete. In a show of worldly brotherhood, other bobsledders were quick to give them guidance and support. They did not officially finish after losing control of the sled and crashing during one of their four runs. However, they showed significant improvement throughout the games and impressed observers with some fast starts.[1]

This team was the inspiration for a major motion picture, Cool Runnings. The characters in the film are fictional, although the original footage of the crash is used during the film. The film's depiction of the post-crash rescue was changed to show the bobsledders carrying the sled over the line on their shoulders for dramatic effect.


The team returned to the Olympics in the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France, but finished poorly.[2][3] They qualified again for the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. There, the Jamaican four sled stunned many of their critics by finishing in 14th place, ahead of the United States, Russia, Australia and France.

In 2000, the Jamaican bobsleigh team won the gold medal at the World Push Championships in Monaco.[4] At the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, the 2-man team of Winston Watts (pilot) and Lascelles Brown (brakeman), set the Park City bobsled track record and the Olympic record for the push-start segment of the 2-man race at 4.78 seconds. Jamaica failed to qualify for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, or the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia.

After the 2002 Winter Olympics, Lascelles Brown moved to Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where he married his Canadian girlfriend and became a Canadian resident. In 2004, Brown joined the Canadian bobsled team. In 2006, at the Turin Winter Olympics, with his Canadian driver Pierre Lueders, Brown won the Olympic Silver Medal (second place) for the 2-man bobsled event. At the Vancouver Games in 2010, Brown again raced for Canada, and received an Olympic Bronze Medal, when his Canadian 4-man team finished in third place.

Modern day[edit]

Having qualified for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, but lacking funding, the cryptocurrency Dogecoin community raised on the team's behalf $30,000 of the approximately $40,000 required within two days.[5][6] An additional $80,000 was raised in online donations through Crowdtilt before 21 January.[7] As of 15:50, 21 January 2014 (UTC), the campaign had raised $121,160 far surpassing the target of only $80,000.[8]


The current team is available online:[9]

PusherRhys Wilson
DriverJames Knight
BrakemanTom James
SkeletonRindy Loucks
ManagerJassica Thomasi

Olympics Record[edit]


1988Dudley Stokes
Michael White
1992Devon Harris
Ricky McIntosh
Dudley Stokes
Chris Stokes
1994Dudley Stokes
Wayne Thomas
1998Devon Harris
Michael Morgan
2002Winston Watt
Lascelles Brown
2014Winston Watt
Marvin Dixon


1988Dudley Stokes
Devon Harris
Michael White
Chris Stokes
1992Dudley Stokes
Ricky McIntosh
Michael White
Chris Stokes
1994Dudley Stokes
Winston Watt
Chris Stokes
Wayne Thomas
1998Dudley Stokes
Winston Watt
Chris Stokes
Wayne Thomas

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Jamaican Bobsleigh Team Debut At Calgary 1988 Winter Olympics". YouTube. 2012-11-15. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  2. ^ Todor Krastev (2012-02-05). "Bobsleigh Fours XVI Winter Olympic Games 1992 Albertville (FRA) - 15,16.02". Todor66.com. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  3. ^ Todor Krastev (2012-02-05). "Bobsleigh Doubles XVI Winter Olympic Games 1992 Albertville (FRA) - 15,16.02". Todor66.com. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  4. ^ "Winter Olympics: Jamaica, we have a bobsled team". TVNZ. January 29, 2010. Retrieved March 5, 2010. 
  5. ^ Alex Hern. "It's bobsleigh time: Jamaican team raises $25,000 in Dogecoin | Technology". theguardian.com. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  6. ^ "Dogecoin Jamaican Bobsled Team Olympics". Business Insider. 2014-01-20. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  7. ^ "Olympics: Fans help fund Jamaica bobsleigh Olympic bid". BBC News. 21 January 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Help the Jamaican Bobsled team get to Sochi!". Crowdtilt.com. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  9. ^ "Welcome to the The JamaicaBobsleighTeam.com Website". Jamaicabobsleighteam.com. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 

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