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Track stars hail historic bobsled team

Published:Tuesday | February 20, 2018 | 8:51 AM
Driver Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian and Carrie Russell of Jamaica start their first heat during the women's two-man bobsled competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

Several of Jamaica’s top track-and-field athletes took to social media to show their support for the country’s history-making women’s bobsled team at the Winter Olympics. 

Driver Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian and brakewoman Carrie Russell - a medal winning sprinter herself, took the ice at the Olympic Sliding Centre In Pyeongchang, South Korea to become the first Jamaican female team at the Winter Olympics. 

They clocked 51.29 seconds in their first heat, which left them 17th from 20 teams after the initial descent and registered 51.50 seconds for their second run for a cumulative score of 1:42.79 ahead of tomorrow’s third and fourth heats. 

The run wasn’t missed by the island’s athletics stars, with Usain Bolt, who is actually honoured on the team’s sled ‘Mr Cool Bolt’ tweeting “Proud plus tax” with pictures of the girls and the sled, shortly after their first race. 

Double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson, who actually trains with Russell at the MVP Track and Field Club, also posting a message of support on Twitter.

“Good luck to our Bobsled women, we are already proud,” said Thompson. 

Jamaica’s appearance in Bobsled in Pyeongchang comes 30 years after their four-man team first qualified for the Winter Olympics in 1988.