Jamaica Bobsled team qualifies for Sochi Winter Olympics
Jamaica has qualified a two-man Bobsled team for in next month’s Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
— Team Jamaica (@JamaicaOlympics) January 18, 2014
The experienced Winston Watts and Marvin Dixon hit the qualifying standard on Saturday and will represent the Caribbean Island in a two-man sled at the Olympic Games in Sochi.
The last time a bobsled team represented Jamaica was in 2002 and the pair were delighted to finally make a return.
Veteran Watts, who competed in 1994, 1998, and the 2002 Olympics will be going to his fourth Games, while it also marks the second time he will be appearing in a two-man sled.
Dixon and Watts will now be hoping for some funding as they look to put the finishing touch on their preparation for Sochi.
It still remains to be seen if the team will be able to afford the trip to Sochi though.
“I just about get by financially. Beg, scrape, it’s hard. I’ve got headaches a lot of times man, believe you me,” a hopeful Watts was quoted as telling the London Telegraph.
“Sometimes my coach [Tom Samuel, an old Canadian rival who used to outdrive him] says ‘just focus’ and I say ‘how?’ I just trust things will turn over OK. I put God in front of me and just leave everything to him like a father.”
Will they be able to afford it?
“It all depends. Our families need to be taken care of first.
“If there’s no funding, who knows?
Now that they made it, they are keeping all fingers crossed.
“Hopefully, the Jamaican Olympic Association will step in and support us now we’ve qualified.”