Jamaica’s four-man bobsled team has been qualified for next month’s Winter Olympics in Beijing earlier this month and will face off with 27 other four-man teams.
While briefing the media on Friday, the Jamaican tourism stakeholder said, “This recent update will significantly boost people’s interest to travel to this beautiful destination.”
The very last time the Jamaican four-man team of bobsled have been qualified for the Olympics was during the 1998 team at the Nagano, Japan games.
Furthermore, the Jamaican team will also have a skier at the Winter Olympics for the second time in its history and for the first time in Alpine skiing.
Meanwhile, a member of the 1998 bobsled team and now president of the Jamaican Bobsled Federation, Chris Stokes, said, “There are several other nations who have more resources available as compared to us, and even they have not been able to qualify three teams. This is a step in a process that sees us going into 2026 with multiple qualifications in multiple events, ultimately leading us to the podium in 2030.”
At the same time, Jamaican Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett said, “Back in 1993, the Jamaican bobsled team’s remarkable win has later utilized in marketing travel to the country. The original team’s motivational story has encouraged millions of people to travel to Jamaica.”
Minister Bartlett further added that, “Jamaican government officials are putting resources altogether to allow entertainment and sports to be key players under which the new tourism will be predicted moving forward.” The Jamaican Tourist Board has also released a song to celebrate and support Jamaica’s Winter Olympic participation.
The Bobsled four-man team is composed of driver Shanwayne Stephens and push athletes Matthew Wekpe, Ashley Watson and Ronaldo Reid. Team Jamaica has also qualified for three other bobsled events for the first time, including the four-man event, the two-man event, and the new women’s monobob event, for which Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian has been qualified. Fenlator-Victorian has earlier represented Jamaican woman’s bobsled team at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.