Jamaica’s bobsled team qualifies for Winter Olympics for the first time in 24 years

Viewers may remember the unlikely but true story of the Jamaican bobsled team that made it to the Olympics. It was a feat popularized in the 1993 film, "Cool Runnings." Now, Jamaica's bobsled team is back at it again. Lucy Watson from Independent Television News explains.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    You might remember the unlikely but true story of the Jamaican bobsled team that made it to the Olympics. It was a feat popularized in the 1993 film "Cool Runnings."

    Now Jamaica's bobsled or bobsleigh team, as it's called in British English, is at it again.

    Lucy Watson from Independent Television News explains.

  • Lucy Watson:

    Just like in "Cool Runnings," the country's four-man bobsleigh team has qualified for the Winter Olympics. The last time was 24 years ago, so the hype is here.

  • Nimroy Turgott, Jamaican Bobsled Team:

    Back home in Jamaica now, it's — some people still don't realize that Jamaica actually have a bobsled team.

  • Matthew Wepke, Jamaican Bobsled Team:

    We look forward to kind of put on the show, energy, dancing skills, just love for our nation.

  • Lucy Watson:

    Most of the team were born in Jamaica, but live and train in the U.K. And that training is hard.

  • Ashley Watson, Jamaican Bobsled Team:

    It's a massive adrenaline rush, but it's like you're getting beaten up for a good minute. All that aggression you can find from anywhere in life, you just to take out in that sleigh.

    So, you see a bit — people go a bit crazy, growl. I tend to growl sometimes.

    (LAUGHTER)

  • Lucy Watson:

    Growling is one thing. Pushing vehicles is another.

    Shanwayne is in the military and, during lockdown, had to tell the queen how he'd been practicing.

  • Shanwayne Stephens, Jamaican Bobsled Team:

    I have been pushing a car up and down the street. I have had to make a gym.

    (LAUGHTER)

  • Queen Elizabeth II, United Kingdom:

    Well, I suppose that is one way train.

    (LAUGHTER)

  • Shanwayne Stephens, Jamaican Bobsled Team:

    Yes, that is definitely one way to train, ma'am.

    It was a really nice feeling, the way she reacted. And you can tell she generally was interested in what I was saying. So, that was fantastic enough.

    I think Jamaica bobsled has got a new fan.

  • Lucy Watson:

    With a lot more skill than the movie stars, they head for Beijing on Friday to put the fire on ice.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    You have got to wish them luck.

    That was Lucy Watson from Independent Television News.

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