Saturday 6 June, 2020

Jamaican bobsledder requests analysis of her drug test B sample

The International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) says the member of the Jamaican women’s bobsleigh team who returned an adverse analytical finding for a banned substance before the Winter Olympics has requested her “B” sample be tested.

The positive test was revealed on March 2.

In a statement the ISBF said "the athlete requested the opening of the B sample.”

 “Once the result of the B sample has been made available to the IBSF all documents will be reviewed by the IBSF Positive Case Committee and the next steps in the process will be taken.”

The history-making Jamaican women's bobsled team was truly outclassed  in Pyeongchang.

The team of American-born Jazmine Fenalator-Victorian and Carrie Russell only had Nigeria, another debutant, behind them in the two-man competition, which ended on February 21  at the Olympic Sliding Centre.

Fenalator-Victorian,  who competed for USA as a push-athlete at Sochi 2014, served as the pilot, while Russell, who won a gold medal in the 4x100m relay at the World Athletics Championships in 2013,  was used as the push and brakeman.

 Audra Segree, who also competed on the track as a sprinter, was selected as the alternate brakeman.

The country only had history to show as the team represents the first-ever women's bobsled team from Jamaica at a Winter Olympics.

The team historic qualification to the Winter Olympics came 30 years after the men's bobsleigh team made its first historic appearance at a Winter Olympics (1988 in Calgary), which inspired the film Cool Runnings.

Jamaica only made headlines in PyeongChang when disaster struck just days before the Jamaicans were set to make their competitive debut.

Sandra Kiriasis, their coach - who is a world, European and Olympic champion as a competitor for Germany - suddenly quit and attempted to take the sled with her, according to reports.

However, an unlikely hero emerged when beer maker Red Stripe tweeted to the bobsled team offering to put a new sled on their "tab."

On February 16, Red Stripe tweeted an update that the team had a new sleigh courtesy of the beer company.

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