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Jamaican Bobsled Team

This team has an interesting story behind it. The founders of this team were actually two Americans. The team got famous during their debut in Calagary in 1988.

The two Americans, George Fitch and William Maloney were familiar with Jamaica, having family and business ties there. After watching the locals in a pushcart derby, they realized that it was very similar to bobsledding.

Since bobsledding requires a fast start, the duo decided to recruit sprinters, of which there is no dearth on this small island. Having set sights on an Olympic sprinter if the country, they failed to convince him of the potential. So they took their proposal to the officer of a Jamaican army.

The team members were enventually coached by a New York native Howard Siler.

Now these same teams are creating waves at the 20th annual Telus Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival at Centre Island.

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