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Lascelles Oneil Brown, left, and Winston Alexander Watt of the Jamaica-1 team leap into their sled at the start of heat three of the two-man bobsleigh competition at the Salt Lake 2002 Winter Olympic Games, Feb. 17, 2002 in Park City, Utah. Photo: Peter Andrews/REUTERS

Jamaica’s bobsleigh team has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for a coach as they bid to compete at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

The Caribbean island nation’s team – who were immortalized in the 1993 Hollywood film Cool Runnings – are using the website GoFundMe in order to raise a targeted amount of $60,000.

“The Winter Olympics are in just over a year, and we are in the midst of our training,” the team said in a statement posted on GoFundMe.

“With trust in God, and each other, we are working as hard as we can; however, we are missing one thing – a coach.

“We have the talent, the discipline and the determination needed to contend in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

“Please support our efforts to raise enough funds to hire a coach.”

Jamaica launched their bobsleigh program in 1987 – powered by the country’s sprinting pedigree – and competed at the Winter Olympics in Calgary the following year.

Their team failed to finish in the four-man event, but were the inspiration for Cool Runnings.

The current search for a coach echoes the film where the character Irv Blitzer, played by John Candy, had to be persuaded to come on board.

The team’s participation at Sochi 2014 was their first appearance in the Olympics in 12 years.

Winston Watt and Marvin Dixon duly finished 29th in the two-man event.

Three Jamaican pairs competed in a North American Cup two-man event in Calgary on November 11 and 12, last year.

Surf Fenlator-Victorian and Arubdel Dixon placed 18th with Seldwyn Morgan and Murray Myers 19th and Joel Alexander and Kirk Goldson 20th.

“The 2018 Winter Olympics will mark the 30th anniversary, since the team’s Calgary debut,” the team added.

“With a coach on staff we believe we can not only contend for a medal, but also bring a medal home, and commemorate this outstanding achievement.”

More details on the crowdfunding campaign can be found here.

By Nick Butler

Republished with permission from insidethegames.biz

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