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Jamaican Bobsledders qualify for Winter Olympics

Published:Monday | January 15, 2018 | 4:33 PM
Pilot Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian (left) and brakeman Carrie Russell, of the Jamaica Women's bobsled team. - Contributed Photo

The Jamaica Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation is now making plans for the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, next month after the national women's bobsled team qualified for the Olympiad at the weekend.

This is the first time a women's team will be representing the nation at the Winter Olympics, and the feat comes 30 years after Jamaica's first overall experience at the Calgary Games in 1988.

Brakeman Carrie Russell said that qualifying for the women's bobsleigh event is one of the happiest moments of her life.

Russell, a member of Jamaica's gold medal-winning 4x100 women's relay team at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia, is in her second season as a bobsledder, and said qualifying holds sentimental value for her, as it happened three years to the day her father died.

Her teammates are brakeman Audra Segree, who is another sprinter, and pilot Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian.