Cool Runnings laid the blueprint for how a country like Jamaica can get a Winter Olympic team: Find athletes whose skills might transfer over like sprinters and push-cart drivers to bobsledding.
I saw today that Jamaica has a hockey team and it is kind of mind boggling. What skills transfer to hockey that Jamaicans (or any Caribbean country) could have? Surely there are better fits for them to explore than hockey. I mean, did they just get Mighty Ducks 2 and get inspired after seeing Trinidad and Tobago’s team? Look at their jerseys — they’re a spitting image of the Mighty Ducks’ jerseys:
Are they just banking on the fact they are going to find a Jesse Hall and Russ Tyler somewhere in Kingston? Maybe if the knucklepuck hadn’t been invented yet there would be hope that they could do something new and innovative with the sport but I just don’t see it. I would think they might be more cut out for something like the biathlon or cross country skiing — you know, using the running and shooting skills Jamaica is famous for. The country only has like 2.8 million people, so the chances of putting together enough athletes for a team is minimal. Are Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell going to compete in these games as well? I mean come on, even Qatar, a country next to Saudi Arabia, has more ice rinks than Jamaica.
They better be praying that marijuana is a performance enhancing drug for hockey.
And you would think the whole hating ice thing would have deterred them from forming this team….