Published: Sun, February 18, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Uncool runnings: Bobsleigh coach quits Jamaican team days before competition

Uncool runnings: Bobsleigh coach quits Jamaican team days before competition

"What was once a great partnership was quickly soured when she did not agree with some reorganisation to ensure the best outcome and performance for women Jamaica bobsled".

Yes, that's an actual tweet and yes, the offer is real.

Andrew Anguin, a senior marketing manager for Red Stripe, told USA TODAY Sports in an e-mail that the company is working with the federation to determine the final price of the sled.

And she reportedly threatened to take the team's sled with her just three days before training starts in PyeongChang, leaving the team's ability to compete in peril.

Red Stripe, which is brewed in Jamaica, made the offer Thursday morning.

We're all familiar with the wonderful story of the Jamaican bobsleigh team depicted in Cool Runnings, it's an absolute classic and is - loosely - based on true events.

On account of IOC's Rule 40, Jamaica's NOC rep would not discuss the details of the deal.

Kiriasis, who won a gold medal in bobsledding for Germany in 2006, said her contacts led to the team getting a bobsled and she now wants to be compensated for it.

Red Stripe's tweet has attracted more than 2,000 likes and almost 1,000 retweets from people across the world. We'll update this story with any further information.

"No bobsled, no problem, if you need a new ride @Jambobsled, put it on @Red Stripe's tab". "We have accepted their generosity and we are now preparing the sled".

Their Olympic debut will happen after all.

In an echo of the country's men's bobsleigh team's appearance at the 1988 Games which inspired the successful movie Cool Runnings, Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian and Carrie Russell will become Jamaica's first female Winter Olympians next week.

However, with the women's event due to begin early next week, preparation for the Jamaican's maiden run has been thrown into chaos.

The JBSF disputes Kiriasis's version of the facts and insists the team can compete with the sled they originally took to South Korea.

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