Organizers say Jamaica qualified for Sochi Games

6:17 PM, Jan 18, 2014   |    comments
The illuminated Olympic Bolshoy stadium, in the background, and Iceberg stadium are seen in Sochi, Russia, on October 24. (Photo: Lesya Polyakova, AP)
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The Jamaican bobsled team may be headed to another Olympics.

Organizers said Saturday that Jamaica has qualified for the two-man competition at next month's Sochi Games, though it remains unclear if the tiny nation will actually be racing. Funding remains a serious concern for the team, and pilot Winston Watts told The Associated Press on Saturday that he's trying to raise as much as $80,000 in the next couple weeks.

Watts was 28th in the two-man event at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games with Lascelles Brown, now one of Canada's top push athletes.

The International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation is not expected to confirm before Sunday at the earliest how many nations qualified for the Olympic fields.


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