Written by on January 25, 2017

Jamaica’s female bobsled team has earned its first medal in competition.

Last week, driver Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian and brakeswoman Carrie Russell, won bronze at the North American Cup Bobsleigh and Skeleton competition in Lake Placid, New York.

The North American Cup staged its Bobsleigh and Skeleton competition in 4 legs. Beginning last November, the first and second legs were held in Canada, followed by the 3rd and 4th legs earlier this month (January 2017).

Fenlator-Victorian and Russell placed 3rd behind Canadians Julie Johnson and Janine McCue, and first place winners Nicole Vogt and Bonnie Kilis of the U.S.

Team Jamaica competed in the event using their new Shitamachi bobsled, which was crafted out of partnership between the Jamaica Bobsleigh Federation and seven Japanese factories. It is one of the first 100% carbon fiber sleds (as opposed to metal) and is being tested in competition in preparations for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Fenlator-Victorian and Russell’s win marks the first medal finish for Team Jamaica in a winter sport ice event, and is a major step toward the team reaching the Winter Olympics.

If the team makes it into the 2018 Olympic Games, it will coincide with the 30th anniversary of the men’s team debuting in 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. The men’s team made another appearance in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, finishing last of 29 teams.

Jamaica’s men and women’s Bobsled Team recently came together to launch a Crowdfunding Campaign to raise U.S$60,000 to hire a new coach.

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