Jamaica To Send First Women’s Bobsleigh Team To Olympics
Thirty years after Jamaica’s first-ever bobsleigh team made an appearance at a Winter Olympics, the country is set to send a women’s bobsled team to the PyeongChang Games in South Korea.
The Jamaica Bobsleigh Federation made the announcement this week stating:
“30 years after Jamaica Bobsled’s first Olympic appearance, and after undergoing structural reorganization leading into the Olympic season, this achievement is a testament to the strength of the program and excellence of its athletes.”
The women’s team will be lead at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang by Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian, who represented the United States as a push-athlete at Sochi 2014.
Fenlator was born in the United States but switched to represent her father’s native Jamaica in 2015.
Brakeman, Carrie Russell will make her first Winter Olympic appearance at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.
Russell, who won gold in the 4x100m relay at the 2013 World Championships in Athletics stated:
“This is the happiest moment of my life. I never dreamed I would become a bobsled athlete,” said Russell, who has overcome adversity to create history for Jamaica.
“Today also marks three years since I lost my father, which makes this journey even more meaningful. I have to thank the man above that has blessed me with this opportunity to represent my country at this level. I look forward to representing my country.”
Audra Segree has also been selected as a brakeman and will also travel to PyeonChang.
Segree, an admired track athlete with a personal best of 11.30 in 100 metres – ” A leap of faith and a dream come true later I will be representing my country as one of the first women bobsled athletes in the Olympics. I am overwhelmed with joy knowing that I have helped make history for my country. I am really grateful for this experience.”
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