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Jamaica women’s bobsled team make history at Winter Olympics

BLACK GIRL MAGIC: Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian and Carrie Russell (Photo credit: Getty Images)

THE JAMAICAN women’s bobsled team made a dazzling debut at the Winter Olympics, setting a precedent as the island’s first all-female team to compete at the landmark event. This comes 30 years after Jamaica’s first, male bobsled team hit the slopes – inspiring hit movie ‘Cool Runnings’ (1998).

The team, comprised of pilot Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian and brake-woman Carrie Russell, completed its first run in the PyeongChang winter games yesterday - earning 17th place at 51.29 seconds and 19th place overall after the final two runs on Wednesday.

Fenlator-Victorian piloted for the U.S. at the Sochi games in 2014, and Carrie Russell is a sprinter who led Jamaica to gold at the 2013 Track and Field World Championships.

Although the dynamic duo failed to win a medal, its Olympic endeavours have yielded another sporting achievement for team Jamaica and demonstrated to global spectators that anything is possible.

On 10 February 2018, at a press conference in Pyeonchang, Fenlator-Victorian spoke of the importance of representation.

She said: “It’s important to me that little girls and boys see someone that looks like them, talks like them, has the same culture as them, has crazy curly hair and wears it natural, has brown skin-included in different things in this world”

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With all the sitcom reboots and movie remakes happening at the moment, perhaps this inspirational story might inspire ‘Cool Runnings 2’!

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