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Cool Runnings reappraised

cool runnings promotional imageOkay, you’ve seen the comedy Cool Runnings, and you probably read about how the Jamaican bobsled team failed to qualify for this year’s Winter Olympics; news which gained a lot less attention here than abroad.

Lost in-between the tourist novelty and our antipathy with the comedic portrayal of Jamaicans in the movie, is that qualification for the Calgary Olympics in 1988 was a truly remarkable story of success, which typified our natural resourcefulness – and is deserving of real pride, despite the laughs.

Incidentally, each member of that team, outside of the sled, became a success in his own right – and not one was a reggae singer.

Dudley Stokes – whose brother Chris also competed, initially as a last-minute stand-in – still helps run the national bobsled record. And for the record: Jamaica had the seventh-fastest time in Calgary. Much more than a joke.

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