'Cool Runnings' (1993)
Bobsledding and Jamaica don’t exactly go hand-in-hand, but 1993’s “Cool Runnings” brought the true story of the country’s first bobsled team trying to compete at the Winter Olympics to the big screen. The film did take some liberties on the true story, though what really happened is just as interesting. Two wealthy Americans, George Finch and William Maloney, knew that any bobsled team with fast sprinters would have a huge advantage in the Olympics. What better place to look than Jamaica? Unfortunately, no native sprinters expressed interested in the idea, so the two men sought out talent from the country’s military. In addition, the international community did not pan the Jamaican team as depicted in the movie, but were very supportive of their efforts to break into the sport despite the warm nature of their home country. —XFINITY Entertainment Staff (Photo: Disney)
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