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Jamaican Bobsled Arrives in Sochi; Luggage, Sled Runners Missing

Jamaica’s beloved bobsled team had to raise money just to get to Russia.

Now they’ve arrived at the Sochi Games — but without their equipment.

The carefree Jamaicans were unable to make their first practice runs Wednesday because their luggage, with the runners for their two-man sled as well as all their sliding gear, was missing.

“The sled is here,” driver Winston Watts said. “But the blades that we put our heart out to get, the airline maybe left them back in New York. None of us have clothing.”

Watts said he and brakeman Marvin Dixon missed their connecting flight in Moscow after being delayed by bad weather in New York. While other competitors got in unofficial training runs on the Sanki Sliding Center track, Watts was on the phone trying to find out what to do next.

If the runners, helmets and sliding suits don’t arrive by Thursday, Watts said the team will borrow from other teams so it can practice.

The rest here.

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