The Jamaican bobsled team is back at the Winter Olympics, 34 years after the Caribbean nation’s four-man team became an international sensation at the 1988 Calgary Games.
That unlikely story spawned a Disney movie, 1993’s “Cool Runnings,” and marked the start of four consecutive Olympic appearances for the four-man team piloted by Dudley Stokes, highlighted by an impressive 14th-place finish at the 1994 Lillehammer Games.
Though Jamaica has sent other bobsled teams to subsequent Olympics, the iconic four-man sled is back in action in Beijing for the first time since the 1998 Games in Nagano.
The Sporting News breaks down the Jamaican bobsled team’s schedule and results in Beijing:
Jamaican bobsled team 2022 schedule, results
Pilot Shanwayne Stephens and brakemen Ashley Watson, Rolando Reid and Matthew Wekpe competed in the four-man event. They were 28th — and last — after their third run and were eliminated.
They needed to reach the top 20 for a place in the fourth and final heat. They finished 4.55 seconds behind the 20th-place team.
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Stephens and Nimroy Turgott raced in the two-man competition in Beijing, finishing 30th in the 30-team field.
Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian, a New Jersey-born veteran of the two-woman event at the 2014 and 2018 Games, represented Jamaica in the Olympic debut of the monobob.
She finished 19th in the 20-woman field, more than nine seconds behind gold medalist Kaillie Humphries of Team USA.