cool runnings movie analysis
Topics: Cool Runnings, Jamaica, Olympic Games / Pages: 4 (1260 words) / Published: Jan 27th, 2015

Nicole Angelic R. Simpao

Cool Runnings

There really was a Jamaican bobsled team. , the Jamaicans practiced on a bobsled with wheels, in the absence of any snow in their native land. Then they went to the winter Olympics, where the crowds cheered their pluck, if not their speed.

The Jamaican national bobsleigh team represents Jamaica in international bobsledding competitions. Not only was there the novelty of having a tropical country compete in a cold-weather sport, but they had very little practice going down a bobsled track before, and they borrowed spare sleds from other countries to compete. The first challenge was to recruit athletes for the program. Despite the appeal of the opportunity to compete in the Olympic games, this challenge proved formidable. At the first recruitment meeting, Irv Blitzer introduce bobsled to the young Jamaican athlete. They show a video clip on the sport, which had a few crashes, some of them quite frightening. Running out of options, the founders approached the Jamaica Defense Force to ask for volunteers, or to have prospects ‘volunteered’ as only the army could do. Out of this came the first stalwarts of the Jamaica Bobsleigh team. The Team was completed by October 1987. Irv begins training the four immediately. After the first day of training, Junior returns home with the intention of telling his father about the team. But Mr. Bevil comes home and tells Junior that he has gotten his son a job with a brokerage house in Miami. The training does not go well. The group stumbles and falls several times, not even able to get into the sled. But after several tries, they climb in together and rocket down the mountain. Blitzer runs after them cheering: they got started in 5.9 seconds. Now that the team is in good shape, Blitzer goes to Coolidge to ask for funding to get to the Olympics. But Coolidge refuses, believing that the team will be humiliated. They decide to raise money by themselves. Junior comes back to the

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