PYEONGCHANG – Billed as "Cool Runnings" reloaded, Jamaica's women's bobsleigh team made history for the tropical island with a first Olympic appearance, but will leave with plenty to ponder.
Thirty years after a Jamaican men's bob team turned heads at the Calgary Games, pilot Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian and brakewoman Carrie Russell finished 19th of 20 teams in Pyeongchang -- giving them food for thought for Beijing in 2022.
Jamaican coach Dudley Stokes, one of the members of the Calgary team immortalised by the Hollywood hit movie, had warned there would be pain along the way for the Caribbean islanders, and so it transpired.
"He told us that we would come to the Olympics to suffer and struggle," grinned Fenlator-Victorian, who fought a snapped brake cable on the final run. "But at the end of the day he just wanted us to try and win the race. That's what we did every run -- act like we were about to win that gold medal, regardless of what the times said."
However, Jamaica's "Cool Runnings" re-run needed a hasty script rewrite after their German coach, who claimed to own their only sled, resigned six days before the event started.