“Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, get on up, it’s bobsled time!”
The rallying cry in the film “Cool Runnings,” which immortalized the debut of the first-ever Jamaican bobsled team at the 1988 Winter Olympic Games, might not be enough to get the modern-day team to the 2018 games in Pyeongchang.
In an effort to return to the Olympic stage, the team started a GoFundMe page to raise a goal of $60,000 in order to attract a new coach (albeit, probably one not as good as John Candy in the movie).
The team said on their GoFundme page: “With a coach on staff we believe we can not only contend for a medal, but also bring a medal home, and commemorate this outstanding achievement.”
The page has raised just over $1,600 since it was first started.
The team is currently comprised of Seldwyn Morgan, Joel Alexander, Daniel Mayhew, Zebiesha Johnson, Lisa Frazer, Tyrone Mullings, Murray Myers, Surf Fenlator-Victorian, Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian, Carrie Russell and Anthony Watson.
— Jamaica Bobsled Team (@Jambobsled) November 28, 2016
“A coach is there to guide you, challenge you and push you when you think you have nothing more to give. They believe in you, when you don’t believe in yourself,” the message on the page says.
Following their landmark 1988 Calgary games appearance, Jamaica’s bobsled team also qualified for the Olympics in 1992, 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2014.
The Jamaican bobsled team suffered from a lack of funding in the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. The two-man team, Winston Watt and Marvin Dixon, made it to the games thanks to a $30,000 crowdfunding effort in the cryptocurrency Dogecoin community and additional fundraising that earned them over $100,000.