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30 Years After The Men, Jamaica's Women Qualify For Olympic Bobsleigh

30 Years After The Men, Jamaica's Women Qualify For Olympic Bobsleigh

30 years after Jamaica's men competed at the Winter Olympics for the first time in the bobsleigh - an appearance which inspired the film Cool Runnings - the country's women have qualified for the event for the first time.

A team of Carrie Russell, Audra Segree and Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian will compete for Jamaica in South Korea next month.

Brakeman Carrie Russell is a World Atheltic Championship gold medalist - she was part of the Jamaica team which won the 4x100m relay in 2013 in Moscow.

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"This is one of the happiest moments of my life, I never dreamed that I would become a bobsleigh athlete. Today also marks three years since I lost my father, which makes this journey even more meaningful," said the 27-year-old.

Her fellow brakeman Segree is also a sprinter while pilot Fenlator-Victorian previously competed for the US in the event at the last Games. She has since switched her allegiance to her father's native Jamaica.

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