Jamaican bobsleigh team back in business thanks to offer of new sled

first_img Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Kiriasis quit after refusing to change roles from driving coach to track performance analyst, which she said would have given her no access to the athletes.The German said: “I have never known such disappointment in this sport in my life. The athletes have told me they don’t understand why this has happened as they have no problem with me and we have a good relationship.”But on Friday the Jamaica Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation said it would accept an offer from Red Stripe – which was made on Twitter – to buy a sled, worth about £5,000.“We have been gifted a bobsled,” the JBSF president, Chris Stokes, told Jamaica’s Gleaner newspaper. “We have accepted their generosity and we are preparing the sled.“The team is in competition mode and we are focused on one goal – coming to the start line prepared mentally and physically. We have had some challenges in Pyeongchang but we stand united and thank our fans and colleagues for their unwavering support.”Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian, who once competed in bobsleigh for the US, and Carrie Russell, a gold medallist in the 100m relay at the 2013 world championships, are hoping to become the Winter Olympics’ first Jamaican female competitors – 30 years after the Jamaican men, who inspired the film Cool Runnings, made history in Calgary.They recorded their highest finish in a World Cup race in Winterberg in Germany in December, finishing seventh. Practice is on Saturday with the opening heats on Tuesday. Winter Olympics Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook Bobsleigh Cool Runnings II is back on. Fears the Jamaica women’s bobsleigh team would miss their first Winter Olympics, after the coach quit and threatened to take the sled with her, appear to have abated after a beer company offered to buy a new one.The situation came to a head earlier in the week when Sandra Kiriasis – an Olympic, world and European champion – said she was forced out when her role was changed, and that she was legally responsible for the sled. Topics Share on WhatsApp Winter Olympics 2018 Share on Messenger Reuse this content Slalom shocker: Shiffrin places fourth in signature event as Hansdotter wins gold Read more Share on LinkedIn news Share via Email Jamaicalast_img read more