The Jamaican bobsled team is back for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Well, maybe.
A two-man team of Winston Watts, an Olympic veteran who competed at the 2002 Salt Lake Games, and brakeman Marvin Dixon, appear set to qualify for the 2014 Games. But they don't have the financial support of the Jamaican Olympic Association, and as a result might not be able to get to Russia for the Games.
For even though qualification should be safe after a tremendous fifth-place finish at a North American Cup race in Lake Placid last week, the team have no money to fly to St Moritz for this weekend's final qualifying competition, the event which was to be their "insurance policy".
"In truth, we still don't really know at the moment if we'd even have enough funds or sponsorship to fly to Sochi itself for the Games itself," Watts shrugs. "It all depends. Our families need to be taken care of first. If there's no funding, who knows?
The top 30 teams in the world qualify for the Sochi Games, and Watts believes he and Dixon will make the cut. Watts has put up his own money to get the team to Wyoming, where they've been training, and he hopes the JOA will support them now that they're all but in the Olympics. But if not.... bake sale, anyone?
What I'm trying to say is... we need to have a bake sale for the Jamaican bobsled team.— Chris Peters (@chrismpeters) January 17, 2014
h/t CBS Sports
Update: WE DID IT
#BREAKING: Jamaica's 2 man Bobsled qualified for Winter Olympics in Sochi . CONGRATULATIONS!!!! #JamaicaBobsled pic.twitter.com/Ns1nnhqn9b— Team Jamaica (@JamaicaOlympics) January 18, 2014
But although they've qualified, their work isn't done.
A crowdfunding account has been created which in which donations will be sent directly to the Jamaica #Bobsleigh Federation @iammobilebob— Team Jamaica (@JamaicaOlympics) January 19, 2014
You can donate here. We have a funny feeling they'll hit their $80,000 goal.
Info about this #TeamJamaica crowdfunding will be posted shortly. Again, donations will go directly to #JamaicaBobsleigh Federation Paypal— Team Jamaica (@JamaicaOlympics) January 19, 2014
It's a good thing Kickstarter didn't exist when they were making Cool Runnings, because the fundraising montage would've been much less interesting.