JAMAICA’S Olympic bobsleigh team today pleaded with their adoring fans to stop sending money to fund their Sochi fairy tale while also dreaming of converting Usain Bolt from sprint to snow.
Pilot Winston Watts admitted the Internet campaign to fund their trip had been such a success that he and brakeman Marvin Dixon feared they would be damned as greedy opportunists if they didn’t call a halt.
“The donations were just coming on and on. We had to stop them. We’ve called a press conference to do it,” said Watts after almost $80,000 poured into the empty Jamaica coffers.
“We just didn’t want them to think we’re greedy people.”
Watts said despite being the Games underdogs, his country have the world’s fastest guy and he was dreaming of having Bolt on his team some day in the future.
“We are underdogs here,” he said. “But we (Jamaicans) have the fastest guy in the world – Usain Bolt.
“He (Bolt) is with us all the time, he’s standing behind us just like the rest of the world is standing behind us. He could be a very good pusher but there’s one thing about him – he doesn’t like cold weather.
“But he said once – maybe next time I’ll try myself as a Jamaican bobsleigh team member. And it would be awesome to have him on my team. It would be a terrific combination of a strong guy like me and the fast guy like him.”