Celebrating the Jamaica Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation

History in the Making: The Jamaica Women Bobsled Team Compete in 2018 Winter Olympics

"This is for our nation, this is for little girls and boys, this is for the black community. This is something that can change labels and racism, and for us, that’s huge."      ---- Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian

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 Team Jamaica 2018

Team Jamaica 2018

We begin our celebration Black History Month recognizing the Jamaica Women Bobsled Team’s first appearance in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. This team presence marks the 30-year anniversary of the first Jamaican bobsled team in 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.

This team had obstacles – financial support, last minute sled change to meet international competitive specs, among other difficulties, yet they overcome these obstacles to qualify and become one of the twenty women bobsled teams competing in the 2018 Olympics.

The team’s World Cup debut was in 2017.  In December, the team finished seventh Winterberg World Cup making a statement as a competitive team to take note of in bobsled international competitions and the Olympics.

This talented team is comprised of:

Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian, pilot

A New Jersey native, with dual citizenship, competed in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and finished in 11 place in a two-person bobsled with U.S. track and field star Lolo Jones.

Carrie Russell, brakewoman

A world-class sprinter who transitioned to bobsled in the 2016-17 season, won a gold medal in the 4x100m relay at the World Athletics Championships in 2013.

Audra Segree, brakewoman

A sprinter who transitioned to bobsled

Thanks to the groundbreaking efforts of bobsledders: Devon Harris, Dudley Stokes, Michael White, Freddy Powell and Chris Stokes in 1988 Winter Olympics, these current Olympians continue Jamaica’s bobsled history at home and internationally.

 

Sources:

MAJORITY MINORITY, Jamaican bobsled is back with a women’s team - driving a rental, by William Douglas

BBC SPORTS, Winter Olympics 2018: Jamaica's women to compete in bobsleigh 30 years after the men, by Nick Hope, BBC Olympic sports reporter