Pyeongchang - A beer company has come to the rescue
of Jamaica's troubled women's bobsleigh team by donating a sled, an
official told AFP on Friday - the eve of their Olympic debut.
brewer Red Stripe pitched in after Jamaica's coach Sandra Kiriasis left
the team this week and was reportedly demanding payment for use of
their existing sled.
The intervention means Jamaica's women can
make their fairytale debut in the Games, 30 years after Jamaica's "Cool
Runnings" men's team competed at Calgary 1988.
They will take part
in their first official training heats on Saturday at the Olympic
Sliding Centre, a 1 376m ice chute in the South Korean mountains.
Red Stripe made their initial offer on Twitter, and then clarified that "this is not a joke".
Games are an honour to compete in, and as the No 1 beer in Jamaica we
want to help those athletes realize their dreams," a statement said.
Kathleen Pulito, spokeswoman for the Jamaican team, told AFP that the sled donation was genuine.
has been a rollercoaster journey for Jamaica's Carrie Russell and
Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian, who competed for the US at Sochi 2014 and
was in tears last week as she described her joy at being a role model
for black children.