As an American, I (along with millions of others across the country) will be cheering for the athletes sporting red, white & blue. As a fan of the Olympics, cinema and the power of the human spirit, there’s a special place in my heart (along with millions of others across the country and the world) for Jamaicans in a particular winter sport…
Go USA! (and a certain women’s bobsled team from a small island nation)
P.S. I’ll never forget visiting and seeing the track where the first-ever Jamaican bobsled team made history in Calgary.
We’re all first-time Jamaican bobsledders when our bones are chilling in single-digit weather.
When schools are increasingly being cancelled twelve hours before the start of the first class, that’s typically a sign to put on a pair of gloves, a scarf and a George Costanza puffy Michelin Man Gore-Tex jacket. The old school, non-digital thermostat that hangs outside everybody’s home will freeze in place at around 6-degrees tomorrow morning.
That’s chilly, even in Calgary.
Smoke Breathe it in.
Last night, Olympic viewers were treated to one of the most anticipated events by one of the most anticipated nations: The Two-Man Jamaican Bobsled Team. Despite a less than stellar time, that wasn’t the core reason for the excitement and widespread jubilation surrounding their return to the Winter Olympics for the first time in 12 years. It all dates back to the 1993 Disney classic, Cool Runnings, based on events from their improbable bobsled debut at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.
We all know the story and we all love the story.
When the Jamaicans prepared their run last night, everybody was leaning in as close as possible (both in the stands and at home) to try and hear if they would say that magically inspiring phrase…
The following video is fan-made and combines an epic finish with an epic song by Hans Zimmer. 20 some odd years later and people still view this story as unforgettably special and, yes, transcendent (please turn the volume up for the video/song).
This story never needed a gold medal to be seen as a golden Olympic moment.
Happy Monday Mon!