Bobsleigh in Jamaica is set to take another major step forward with the launch of a new women’s programme following the recruitment of Jazmine Fenlator, who competed for the United States at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
The 30-year-old from New Jersey piloted USA-3 at Sochi 2014 and was joined by Lolo Jones, the former world indoor 60 metres hurdles champion, finishing 11th.
Fenlator qualifies for Jamaica as her father Cosman is from the Caribbean island.
She had considered retiring after Sochi 2014 but has now decided to carry on with the aim of leading the first Jamaican women’s bobsleigh team at Pyeongchang 2018.
“I want to leave a mark by building something that inspires people,” Fenlator told TeamUSA.org.
“By coming from a large nation that has a lot of fortune, funding and success, I thought that I could use my skills, my talent to build my other nation, Jamaica, into a large platform for athletes from track and field and other sports to funnel and broaden their horizon of winter sports.
“It’s a bigger part of just my success and my career, but I could really lift a nation that I have a huge tie of heritage to.”
The Jamaica Bobsleigh Federation (JBF) is now trying to find a brakewoman to work with Fenlator.
Her recruitment is another boost after the JBF last week signed a pact with the Shitamachi Bobsleigh project, guaranteeing them three “high-quality” sleds by the end of this year.
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