‘Cool Runnings 2’: Jamaican bobsled team meets fundraising goal, heading to Sochi
SOCHI, Russia (CNN) – For the first time since 2002, the Jamaican bobsled team has qualified for the Winter Olympics.
However, they didn’t have enough money to get to Sochi.
Thanks to some very generous people, their hope for Olympic glory is about to come true.
They’re the hottest thing on the ice for the first time in more than a decade.
The biggest underdogs in bobsledding have defied the odds and qualified for the Olympics.
Before packing their bags for Sochi, the Jamaican bobsled team had one problem, money.
In fact, they needed more than $80,000 to cover travel and equipment fees.
That’s when they turned to the Internet for help.
Two online campaigns helped the team raise more than double the amount of cash they needed.
One online fundraiser was started by an average Olympic fan and anyone who donated $50 received a free t-shirt.
Many fans were cheering on the bobsledders, remembering the 1993 movie “Cool Runnings.”
The movie chronicled the Olympic journey of Jamaica’s first bobsled team and made them one of the most famous teams in the sport.
After missing the last two Winter Olympics, the Jamaican bobsledders were determined to qualify for Sochi.
Winston Watt, the team’s captain, said, “This is such a really great feeling. That’s how we are feeling right now.”
Watt came out of retirement to lead the team.
He’s 8-years-older than any bobsledder who has ever qualified for the Olympics.
He said, “A lot of people ask us if we’re really crazy, coming from this tropical country doing this sport. But sometimes, I really look into myself and say, ‘Yes, we are really crazy.’ But on the other side of it, it’s not many people that can say they’re from a tropical country, going out there and doing a winter sport and they’re so good at it.”
Thanks to people from all over the world who are inspired by their story, they’ll now have another shot at Olympic glory.