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Jamaican bobsledders without equipment in Russia

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February 5th, 2014 (AP) – Jamaica’s beloved bobsled team has arrived at the Sochi Olympics — without its equipment.

Driver Winston Watts said he and teammate Marvin Dixon couldn’t take their initial practice runs on the Sanki Sliding Center track Wednesday because their luggage, including the runners for the two-man sled, have not yet made it to Russia. Watts is hoping the gear arrives soon. If it’s further delayed, he plans to borrow from other bobsled teams so he can train.

Watts said “it’s a real frustrating” start to the games. The Jamaicans missed their connecting flight in Moscow after bad weather delayed their flight from New York.

This is the Jamaica’s bobsled team’s first Olympics competition since 2002. The team has been short on funding and had to raise $80,000 for the trip.

 

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