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Encyclopedia > Jamaican Bobsled Team

The Jamaican Bobsled Team first gained fame during their debut in the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary. (Redirected from 1988 Winter Olympic Games) The XV Olympic Winter Games were held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. ... This article is about the Canadian city. ...

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Origins

Two Americans were largely responsible for the founding of the Jamaican Bobsled Team. George B. Fitch and William Maloney had family and business ties to Jamaica and after witnessing a pushcart derby they realized that it was very similar to Bobsledding.[citation needed] George B. Fitch is a business consultant and Republican politician. ... The Pushcart derby is a popular sport event in August in Jamaica where homemade carts that is used like a moving restaurant (vendors who sell food etc), to transport items (mainly merchandise to the market, but some are used as moving trucks) or as a racing cart take part in... Bobsleigh is a winter sport in which teams make timed runs down narrow, twisting, banked purpose-built iced tracks in a gravity-powered, steerable sled. ...


Since bobsledding requires a fast start, Maloney and Fitch decided to use sprinters who are plentiful on the island nation of Jamaica. They originally tried to recruit Olympic-class sprinters but no one was interested so they presented their idea to Colonel Ken Barnes of the Jamaican military. The five Olympic rings were designed in 1913, adopted in 1914 and debuted at the Games at Antwerp, 1920. ...


The first four members of the Jamaican bobsled team were:

  • Devon Harris, a Lieutenant in the Second Battalion, Jamaican Army
  • Dudley Stokes, a captain from the JDF Air Wing
  • Michael White, a private in the National Reserves
  • Samuel Clayton, a railway engineer

They were coached by New York native, Howard Siler, of Malone, NY. Devon Harris (born 1964 in Kingston, Jamaica) was one of the members of the first Jamaican Bobsled Team, which first competed in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta. ...


Olympics

The Jamaican four man Bobsled team debuted at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta. Their performance is best remembered for a violent crash during their final run. The 1988 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XV Olympic Winter Games, were celebrated in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and opened by Governor General Jeanne Sauvé. The Olympics were highly successful financially as they brought in million-dollar profits. ... Calgary is a city in the province of Alberta, Canada. ...


The team returned to the Olympics In the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France. The Jamaicans stunned many of their critics by finishing in 14th place, ahead of both United States teams, Russia, France and Italy. The two man team finished in tenth place, beating the Swedish team. The 1992 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XVI Olympic Winter Games, were celebrated in 1992 in Albertville, France. ... Categories: France geography stubs | Host cities of the Winter Olympic Games | Cities, towns and villages in France ...


In 2000 the Jamaicans won the Gold medal at the World Push Bobsled Championships. Gold Medal is an album by American band The Donnas, released in 2004. ...


The Jamaican Bobsled Team failed to qualify for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. Neve and Gliz, the 2006 Olympics mascots, on display in Turin The 2006 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XX Olympic Winter Games, were celebrated in Turin, Italy from February 10, 2006, through February 26, 2006. ... Location Region Piedmont Province Torino Area   – Total   – Water 130 km² (50 mi²) ##.# km² (#.# mi²) #.##% Population   – Total (2002)   – Density 857,433 6,596/km² Time zone CET: UTC+1 Latitude Longitude   45°04N 7°40E (##.#######, -##.#######)1. ...


The Jamaicans do plan on having a bobsled team for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. Wikinews has related news: Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games The 2010 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXI Olympic Winter Games, are the next Winter Olympics and will be celebrated in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 2010. ... This article refers to the city in British Columbia, Canada. ...


The 1988 team was the inspiration for a major motion picture, Cool Runnings, featuring John Candy as the team's coach. The characters in the film are all fictional, and loosely based on the real team. Cool Runnings is a 1993 comedy film directed by Jon Turteltaub. ... John Franklin Candy (October 31, 1950 – March 4, 1994) was a Canadian comedian and actor. ...


Current Jamaican Bobsled Lineup

The current Jamaican Bobsled Team is:

  • Captain/Driver: Winston Watt
  • Brake Man: Wayne Thomas
  • Brake Man: Clive McDonald
  • Skeleton: Ricky McIntosh

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Winter Olympics Memorable Moments: The Jamaican Bobsled Team (233 words)
That was naturally people's first response to the news that the Caribbean nation of Jamaica, best known for reggae and dreadlocks, was sending a bobsled team to the Olympics.
But despite their seemingly oxymoronic existence, the Jamaican bobsled team made its Olympic debut in 1988 at Calgary.
Although the inexperienced team finished in last place, they won the notice of the world when they proved irresistible to the throngs of media present at the Games.
Jamaican Bobsled Team - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (511 words)
Although their 1988 appearance was plagued by crashes and technical difficulties, the Jamaican team improved drastically by the 1992 Winter Olympics and came in 14th, ahead of teams from the United States, France, Russia, and Italy.
As of 2002, the Jamaican team consisted of Mark Hill, Lascelles Brown, Garnett Jones, Stewart Maxwell, Clive McDonald, Wayne Thomas, Dudley Stokes, and team captain Winston Watt.
However, Jamaican born Lascelles Brown, who had been in the Jamaican bobsled team from 1999 to 2004, competed for Canada with driver Pierre Lueders and won a silver medal in the two-man bobsleigh competition.
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