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Jamaican bobsled team: Sochi Olympics encore after funding pours in

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The Jamaican bobsled team is heading to the Sochi Olympics in Russia next month after securing enough financing, just as fears about a possible terror threat escalate, the Christian Science Monitor reported on Jan. 20.

The Jamaican bobsled team was able to secure funding from Jamaican Olympic officials and the Sochi Organizing Committee, which will cover travel costs for the bobsled team, as well as businesses and private citizens through various crowd funding sites.

Jamaican bobsled team pilot Winston Watts and the Jamaica Olympic Committee said Monday that they will accept an invitation to the Olympics, marking their first appearance in the Olympics since 2002, when they worked their way into the hearts of fans everywhere.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Jamaican bobsled team had learned Saturday that they qualified for the Sochi Olympics but funding problems put travel at risk.

But support poured in for the Jamaican bobsled team, and donations on crowd funding sites like Indiegogo, Crowdtilt and Dogecoin bolstered their finances. Then, on Monday morning, the Olympics trip seemed to be secured when the British company ZX Recruitment tweeted to the Jamaica Olympic team's Twitter account that it was interested in sponsoring the team by covering costs amounting to about $65,000, the Times said.

Meantime, the Twitter feed of Team Jamaica was lit up about the unfolding events and support related to the Jamaican bobsled team.

The Jamaican bobsled team first gained fame in 1988 during the Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where the underdogs from the tropical climate competed against winter-seasoned pros. They returned to the Winter Olympics in France in 1992 but didn’t fare well. The film “Cool Runnings” is partially based on the Jamaican bobsled team’s experiences.

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