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Jamaican Bobsled Team Prepares in Wyoming

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Jamaica's bobsled team is preparing for the Sochi Olympics in the United States at the Evanston Community Recreation Center in Evanston, Wyoming.

It will be the bobsled teams first Olympics since 2002.

"I like to approach this Olympics as the under dog," said pilot Winston Watts will be at the controls of the two-man sled, the Jamaicans' only entry in Sochi.

It's the fourth Olympics for Watts (who previously went by Watt), and he'll turn 47 a day after the opening ceremony.

"Doesn't matter how old I am, it's how you take care of your body," said Watts, "Age is just a number."

The Jamaicans have been a phenomenon for more than a quarter-century, dating to the team's Olympic debut in Calgary in 1988.

The story of the country's first bobsled team was the inspiration for the movie "Cool Runnings."

"We will be the biggest thing world right now if we won a medal," said Jamaican bobsled team member Marvins Dixon.

The team's bobsled has already begun it's journey to Sochi for the games.

They now draw a crowd as they train at the recreation center, where they are working on speed and strength. Interest in the team was vital to making it to the Sochi games.

When the team was approved entry this month, Jamaican officials said they didn't have the money to travel to Russia to compete.

Thanks to donations, they have raised 125 thousand dollars (US), more than enough to get the team and all of its equipment to the Sochi Games.


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