A 17-year-old who only took up the sport 11 months ago is set to continue Jamaica’s rich tradition in bobsleigh at the Winter Youth Olympic Games.The bobsleigh competition will be held at the Lillehammer Olympic Sliding Centre, the same track on which the Caribbean country finished in 14th place in the four-man event at the 1994 Winter Olympic Games. Daniel Mayhew, who comes from the same Orange Field community as former 100 metres world record holder Asafa Powell, is the first Jamaican to be selected for a Winter Youth Olympics after none appeared at the inaugural event in Innsbruck in 2012.
Jamaican Daniel Mayhew will be the first bobsledder to represent Jamaica next week at the Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer. It is remarkable that for the first time sitting in a sleigh, the 17-year-old Mayhew less than a year ago. Daniel joins the monobobs that was specially designed for Lillehammer in 2016. Since his first run Mayhew has trained in Switzerland, Austria and Norway, where he also participated in the qualifiers. At the moment he is 22nd in the rankings and that was enough to be allowed to compete in Lillehammer. “I can go to the Youth Olympic Games is unbelievable,” he told the Jamaica Gleaner. “It was such an overwhelming feeling when I knew I was posted after my last run in qualifying.” Bobsleigh and Jamaica is of course synonymous with “Sanka, ya dead? Ya mon”, but Mayhew is not going to join for fun only on the Norwegian ice. “I hope for a medal, maybe even gold,” said the ambitious bobsledder, from the same village as the former world record holder in the 100 meter sprint Asafa Powell. “I have the potential to do it, I just have to listen to […]