The Jamaican Bobsled Team Is Back With A New Theme Song
BY: John “Hennry” Harris
Jamaica is readily known for its crisp, sandy beaches, pristine waters and reggae music. In 1988, in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Jamaica gained fame for debuting its national bobsleigh team. Yes, tropical Jamaica competing in a winter sport.
Led by driver Winston Watts, the Jamaican bobsled team is back competing in Sochi, their first time back in competition at the winter games since 2002, and they have a new song and music video to make sure that “everyting is irie mon”.
The song and video is released by the Jamaican tourism agency and its called “It’s Bobsled Time”. The music video mixes original 8-bit Nintendo-like graphics of the bobsled team inter-cut with an actual Jamaican bobsled run, all backed by an upbeat, cheery tune like only Jamaican can produce. “Run the track, it’s bobsled time”. Still a crowd favorite, the team is not expected to medal. After their first run the team was in 30th place with three more runs to go. Whether they win or not is not as important as the tiny, tropical island competing in a sport that they truly have almost every disadvantage in, but still compete on a worldwide stage. If I had to pick a song for the Jamaican bobsled team it would probably be Drake‘s “Started From the Bottom”. The Jamaican bobsled team is here and “It’s Bobsled Time”.
The first team consisted of Devon Harris, Dudley Stokes, Michael White and Nelson Stokes. The Jamaicans quickly became a fan favorite largely because of their status as the ultimate underdog story. The team had very little practice going down a real bobsled track, and in a show of true worldwide sportsmanship, competing countries let them borrow spare sleds to compete. The other bobsledders also offered guidance and support. The Jamaicans never officially finished because they lost control of the sled and crashed during one of the their four runs. However, the improvement the team showed throughout the games as well as impressing with their fast starts, truly represented the essence of what athletic competition is about. The team inspired Cool Runnings, a 1993 major motion picture based on the debut of the Jamaican bobsled team.
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