Saturday 26 May, 2018

Sport Minister lauds history-making women's bobsleigh team

Sport Minister Olivia Grange.

Sport Minister Olivia Grange.

Sport Minister Olivia Grange has congratulated Jamaica’s women’s bobsleigh team on its historic qualification to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games to be held in PyeongChang, South Korea in February.

This is the first women’s team from Jamaica to qualify for the Winter Olympics.

“This is awesome news. I am proud to send congratulations to Carrie Russell, Audra Segree and Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian,” Minister Grange said.

“The entire Jamaica is extremely proud of your accomplishment and will be cheering you on as you compete in the Winter Olympics,” Minister Grange further said.

The minister also noted that the coaching staff and the Jamaica Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation must also be congratulated for the work that they are doing to prepare the athletes to compete on the ice. “It’s good to see that we are doing so well in winter sports,” she said.

The qualification of the women’s bobsleigh team for this year’s Winter Olympics comes 30 years after Jamaica’s men’s team first appeared in the Winter Olympic Games in Canada.

Jamaica will be led  in PyeongChang  by Fenlator-Victorian, who competed for USA as a push-athlete at Sochi 2014.

American-born Fenlator switched to join her father's native Jamaica in 2015.

The team qualified for PyeongChang after Fenlator-Victorian and Russell finished 13th with a combined score of 2:17.18 at the BMW IBSF World Cup meeting in St. Moritz in Germany on January 13 to get the points they needed, 30 years after Jamaica made its first bobsled appearance in Calgary in 1988, which led to the making of the film Cool Runnings.