Bobsled Coach Takes Off

PUBLISHED: 11:14 PM 15 Feb 2018

Coach Bails On Olympic Team 3 Days Before Competition

To top it all off, their sled belongs to her. They cannot compete without a sled.

The Olympics never expected this to happen.

Most people have at least one friend who is the boy who would cry and take his ball home when he did not get his way. While this is hardly an uncommon human flaw, it is rare for it to show up on a platform as large as the Winter Olympics, but it has. Considering that the team, which the movie “Cool Runnings” made famous, the Jamaican bobsledding team, is in question only adds to the zaniness, however.

While most onlookers wonder what makes a land with no snow wish to have a bobsledding team, some are now wondering if they are even going to have a bobsled! AOL confirms that “Sandra Kiriasis, the German coach of the first Olympic Jamaican women’s bobsled team, has reportedly quit.” This happened only “three days before official training begins Saturday at the Alpensia Sliding Center,” BC Sport conveys.

Why anyone would dash the dreams of those who have worked so very hard may be complicated, what this could mean since the coach owns the bobsled is even grimmer!

It may come as a shock to some, but “elite level” bobsleds can cost “tens of thousands of dollars.” Adding to the confusion, Yahoo Sports has confirmed that “Jamaican officials denied that Kiriasis owned the sled to the New York Times’ Tariq Panja.”

Now we don’t even know who’s “ball” is being taken home.

The real reason that the coach is said to have jumped ship is that she was unhappy with being moved “from driving coach to track performance analyst.

It seems to be a very big deal that this would have “meant no access to bobsledders Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian and Carrie Russell” for the coach. Is this worth breaking the hearts of everyone in Jamaica?

Kiriasis is not easy to replace since she owns “a gold medal from the 2006 Olympics in Turin and a silver from 2002 in Salt Lake City.” That kind of experience and knowledge it a tough loss for any team.

I have never known such disappointment in this sport, in my life,” she said.

Meanwhile, there are 20 bobsledding teams competing and Jamaica seems to be ready to start the games as a distinct disadvantage….if they get to start at all.

Sources: The Conservative Daily PostAOL News – BBC Sport – Yahoo Sports