Jamaica national bobsled team

Jamaica National Bobsled Team

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The Jamaican bobsleigh team first gained fame during its debut in the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It is also well known from its portrayal in the 1993 film Cool Runnings, loosely based on its exploits in the 1988 Winter Olympics.


George B. Fitch and William Maloney, Americans with family and business ties to Jamaica, were largely responsible for the founding of the Jamaican Bobsleigh Team. During a visit to the island they witnessed a pushcart derby and realized that pushcart racing is very similar to bobsledding.Since bobsleighing 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 found little interest, so they presented their idea to Colonel Ken Barnes of the Jamaican military.

It has been suggested that the first four members of the Jamaican bobsleigh team were:

They were coached by Howard Siler, of Malone, New York.


The Jamaican four-man bobsleigh team debuted at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta. There they quickly became a fan favourite largely because of their status position...
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