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Jamaican Bobsled Team Head To The Olympics For The First Time In 24 years

Jamaica's four-man bobsled team will be competing in this year's Winter Olympics for the first time in 24 years. Like the 1988 team that inspired the film "Cool Runnings", the team shares a similar story.

The real-life team has had to overcome extraordinary odds to make it to the Games during the pandemic. It has forced them to get creative in their approach to training.

Shanwayne Stephens, a bobsled pilot who is part of the team, shared that he had to create a home gym in his garden. "Pushing a car up and down the street to get a sort of distance training done."

The men aren't the only bobsledders representing Team Jamaica at the Olympics. Veteran Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian will also be racing in the inaugural women's monobob competition.

The island team is preparing to take on bobsled powerhouses like Switzerland and Germany.

They want the world to see them as more than just the new "Cool Runnings" team.

"We love that they love the movie, but we want that focus to shift from the movie to us being competitive athletes out to win medals," Stephens said. "If we can do that with this Olympics, then I think the combination of us being competitive athletes and the movie will spark a massive shift and love for Jamaica bobsled and Jamaica as a whole."