The Jamaican Bobsled Team is Back

If your childhood was anything like mine, you might have grown up watching a magnificent movie called “Cool Runnings.” It followed the true story of Jamaica’s first bobsled team for the olympics in 1988. This movie brought much attention to the team, and Jamaica returned four more times for bobsled. This has happened, however, for 12 years. Until now.

The Sochi 2014 Olympics are currently home to Winston Watts and Marvin Dixon, a two-man team who are excited to show their talents at the Games. They qualified on January, 2o, and are both incredibly excited to be representing their country. They’re being treated like celebrities in the Olympic village, and can hardly go anywhere without someone referencing “Cool Runnings.”

Watts has even greater reason to be excited because he came out of retirement to compete. At 46 he stands out from his younger and fresher younger athletes, but he’s not letting that get his spirits down. He is still quite confident, and even said, “I’m a 46-year-old guy sitting in a 25-year-old body.”

Almost everyone will be cheering for them when they finally compete, and I will do the same as I reminisce on the hours I spent entranced watching the original Jamaican bobsled team as a child.