Struggling Jamaica need Sochi miracle
Jamaica-1 two-man bobsleigh steered by Winston Watts races in the Bobsleigh Two-man, Heat 2 at the Sanki Sliding Center in Rosa Khutor during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 16, 2014 - by Leon Neal
Winston Watts and brakeman Marvin Dixon ended Sunday's first two runs in 30th and last place.
They are 4.41sec behind the leading Russian team and 2.37sec off the Monaco team who occupy 20th place, which will be the cut-off point after Monday's third run for the fourth and last race later in the day.
"We showed probably all we can today but it wasn't enough," said 46-year-old Watts, a veteran of four Olympics.
"But the weather prevented us from showing our top speed, we went pretty slow tonight. It's not an excuse but you know, things happen...anyway I'm happy to be here."
Despite their disappointing time, Watts insisted that he and Dixon deserved to be in Sochi having qualified through their World Cup performances this season and then overcoming financial problems to make it to Russia.
"We are as serious as athletes as the Swiss, Germans and Canadians. We are not just a bunch of jokers. Competing in bobsleigh means the world to me. And we want to show the whole world that Jamaica is still alive," said Watts.
"Tomorrow we're gonna regroup and hopefully we will not have that frost like tonight. When it's frosty and the moist is getting to the ice the bobsleigh becomes really slow."
Jamaica, who qualified for the Olympics after a 12-year break, managed to overcome a serious setback right after their arrival in Sochi as their luggage and equipment went missing on their way to Russia.