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Never quit chasing golden dreams

Collection:
Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Contributor:
Julal,Beverly (Author), Davis,Clair (Author)
Format:
Newspaper Article
Publication Date:
2010-02-28
Published:
Philadelphia, PA
ISBN:
0746-956
Location:
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, Jamaica, Blacks, Athletes, Olympic games, Winter sports, Bobsledding, Stokes, Dudley, White, Michael, Clayton, Samuel, Harris, Devon, Calgary Alberta (Canada)
Notes:
Where did the team get the idea in their heads to enter the sport? According to Wikipedia.com, it was "George Fitch and William Maloney, Americans with family and business ties to Jamaica, who were responsible for founding the Jamaican bobsled team. While vacationing in Jamaica, the two witnessed a pushcart derby race and saw the similarities to bobsledding." The story of the Jamaican bobsledders not only inspired future entries of the Jamaican bobsled team (in 1992, 1994, 2000, 2006 and 2010) but it also sparked the filming of a major Disney motion picture called "Cool Runnings". Even though the Jamaican bobsled team did not qualify, Caribbean people must never forget the pioneers who dared to mink outside of the box.