Jamaican bobsled team seeks funds

AFP-JIJI

Jamaica’s bobsled team is on the verge of making the Sochi Olympics, but admitted it may need $80,000 to fund a dream that once inspired a Hollywood movie.

The sun-kissed Caribbean country, where average temperatures hit a sultry 28 degrees Celsius, hope to have their two-man bob confirmed in the Winter Olympics line-up on Monday by the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF).

But even if they get the go-ahead to follow in the footsteps of the Jamaica four-man team which famously shivered through the 1988 Games in Calgary before inspiring the movie “Cool Runnings,” they need fans to dig deep into their pockets.

“Be a part of this excitement by making your contribution as we try to reach our goal and ultimately gold at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia,” said a team statement.

“Help our team raise $80,000 to compete in what is promised to be an historic event. We are taking any donation amount $1 and up . . . every mickle make a muckle (every penny counts).”