4. 1988: Jamaican bobsled team debut
The most common criticism of the Winter Olympics is that it’s a competition amongst cold-weather countries (not to mention how expensive a lot of the events are to participate in). However, in 1988, the Jamaican bobsled team served as a welcome, tropical addition to the spirit of the Games. Some of the details in the widely known film Cool Runnings, which was based off the establishment of the team, is a bit inaccurate – the four-man team was made up of Jamaican military men, not track runners, and the real team had a bit more bobsled competition experience than in the movie version. Regardless, the Jamaicans were fan favorites in 1988 and in subsequent years, when they would return and break into the middle of the pack.
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