Jamaica Bobsled Team Qulifies | But Might Not Compete [Details]
January 18th, 2014
Winston Watts and Marvin Dixon qualified to represent Jamaica in next month’s Olympic Games in Sochi in a two-man sled, the first time a bobsled team has represented the Caribbean island since 2002.
This will be Watts’ fourth Olympics after competing in 1994, 1998, and 2002. It will be his second appearance in a two-man sled; in 1994 and ’98, he competed in a four-man sled.
Despite qualifying, the team might not compete in Sochi due to funding. Team members are hoping the Jamaican Olympic Association steps in, or donations will come from elsewhere.
“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 told the Telegraph of London before the team earned a trip to Sochi. “It all depends. Our families need to be taken care of first. If there’s no funding, who knows?
“Hopefully, the Jamaican Olympic Association will step in and support us now we’ve qualified.”
Jamaica never has won a medal in a Winter Olympics event.