Thirty years after the men did it, it is now the time of the women. Jamaica’s women bobsledders have qualified for the Winter Olympics for the first time in history.
Men Created History
The Jamaican male bobsledders created quite a stir when they qualified for the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Canada. A country without winter, making it to the winter Olympics. They even inspired a movie (Cool Runnings).
The women’s team includes Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian, Carrie Russel and Audra Segree.
Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian is to pilot the Jamaica team. She had previously piloted for USA in the 2014 Winter Games before returning to her Jamaican roots and joining JBSF in 2015.
Carrie Russel will be the brakeman. Russel is a well known track and field athlete, whose highlight is a gold medal in the 2013 World Championships as a member of the 4×100 metres team.
She was also the bronze medalist at the 2006 World Junior Championships.
Carrie is from St. Thomas, having attended the St. Thomas Technical High School.
Audra Segree, formerly of Holmwood Technical High, will also be a brakeman. Audra is also a track athlete with a personal best of 11.30 seconds over 100 metres.
“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.
Men Failed to Qualify
The Jamaican men are not so lucky this time around. They failed to make their 7th appearance since 1988. However, they are only one spot out of qualification on the Olympic Qualification list, being rated 31st. Their only hope is that another team foregoes their selection.
Team Seeking Contributions
Meanwhile, the Jamaica bobsled Team is seeking your contributions as seen in the video below.