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Jamaican bobsled fairy tale ends


Jamaica’s Olympic bobsled adventure ended with a whimper on Monday as the country that once inspired the Hollywood smash hit “Cool Runnings” finished rock bottom at the Sanki Sliding Center.

The Jamaican team, which qualified for the Winter Games after a 12-year absence, was hoping to represent its country with the same vigor and enthusiasm shown by its 1988 Calgary counterpart, which inspired the movie.

But despite vocal support from the crowd, Winston Watts and Marvin Dixon were unable to produce the miracle they needed in the third run to make up their time deficit from the first two heats — finishing 29th out of 29 runners.

The Jamaicans’ Twitter account showed a picture of brakeman Dixon kissing a “lucky egg,” but neither that nor a Bob Marley flag in the crowd could inspire them to success in their distinctive yellow, green and black sled.