The Jamaica Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (JBSF) officially announced yesterday that it will be sending a women's team to the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea next month.
The Jamaicans accumulated enough points competing on the international circuit to give them the opportunity to enter a one-sled contingent, along with Switzerland and Great Britain.
It is set to mark Jamaica women's bobsleigh team's first appearance at the Olympics, though the announcement comes three decades after the small tropical island made its debut Winter Olympic Games appearance.
Though not medalling, Jamaica men's bobsleigh team boggled minds with an impressive show at the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Canada. Their performances inspired the 1993 film Cool Runnings.
“This is one of the happiest moments of my life, I never dreamed that I would become a bobsleigh athlete. Today also marks three years since I lost my father, which makes this journey even more meaningful,” said brakeman Carrie Russell, a first-timer at the Winter Games.
“I have to thank the man above that has blessed me with the opportunity to represent my country at this level. I look forward to representing my country,” added Russell, the MVP Track Club athlete who won gold in the 4x100 metres relay at the 2013 World Championships in Russia.
Audra Segree, an admired track athlete with a personal best of 11.30 seconds over 100 metres, has also been selected as a brakeman.