Whenever I think of a Jamaican bobsled team, I think of the movie Cool Runnings. The movie is loosely based on the true story of the 1988 Jamaican bobsled team that competed in the Winter Olympics in Canada. Now, some 25 years later, the two-man Jamaican bobsled team has qualified for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. However, they need to come up with an estimated $80,000 for the trip.
Enter the internet. A fan who has no direct correlation with Jamaica or the team thought it would be nice to see if he could start an online fundraiser for them on CrowdTilt.com. Not only did he begin the fundraiser, but it’s amassed around $18,000 towards getting the Jamaicans to Russia.
Via USA Today:
Olympic organizers said this weekend that the Jamaican bobsled team qualified for the two-man competition at 2014 Olympics, bringing back for many a beloved underdog story that was publicized by the movie Cool Runnings in 1993. But if they don’t raise the money to cover equipment and travel costs, everyone’s favorite bobsled story won’t make the trip. Sled driver Winston Watts told reporters he wanted to raise $80,000 in the next few weeks — before the fundraisers, the federation’s account was at zero.
“If it continues to go viral and especially over the week start to spread I think there’s a solid chance it can hit the $80,000 Winston Watts and the Jamaican bobsled team said they wanted to raise,” said Ajay Mehta, a spokesman for Crowdtilt.
Seeing so many people willing to help out internationally is touching. I am sure once they get to Sochi, the Jamaican team will undoubtedly be a fan-favorite. I have never had much interest in bobsledding, but I think I will make an exception for the 2014 Winter Olympics.