Funds raised online for Jamaican bobsled appearance at Sochi Olympics


Funds raised online for Jamaican bobsled appearance at Sochi Olympics

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Jan 20, 2014 - UPDATED: Jan 21, 2014

UPDATE 1/21 9:49 a.m.: Internet users on CrowdTilt have donated more that $118,000, well exceeding the goal of $80,000 needed to send the two-man Jamaican bobsled team to the Winter Olympics next month. The Indiegogo donation site for the cause has raised an additional $40,000 in donations. 

It's safe to say the public wants to see another Jamaican bobsled team compete in the Winter Olympics. 


The 46-year-old Jamaican bobsled driver Winston Watts is stepping out of a decade long retirement to slide into the Sochi Olympics.

Currently at $0, Watts and his brakeman Marvin Dixon need to raise at least $80,000 in a matter of weeks to cover travel and equipment costs for the two-man competition.

After playing "lower-tier events" in Park City, Lake Placid and Calgary, Sochi 2014 officials tweeted on Jan. 18 that the Jamaicans were qualified for the Olympic games. The Jamaican team first captured the world's attention when they appeared at the Olympics in 1988 at the Calgary games.

According to CBS News, "It's been 12 years since Jamaica has had a sled in the Olympics, with Watts finishing 28th at the Salt Lake City Games with Lascelles Brown - now a key part of Canada's national team. Brown won a medal at the 2010 Vancouver Games, one where the Jamaicans were hoping to compete but were again thwarted by funding issues."

Internet users on CrowdTilt have donated more than $24,000, while the Jamaican bobsled team also opened its own Indiegogo crowdfunding.

Within 20 days left, the time is ticking for Watts and Dixon.

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.