“Cool Runnings” The 1988 Jamaican Bobsled team at the Calgary Winter Olympics

Published on February 14th, 2014

The team (consisting of Devon Harris, Dudley Stokes, Michael White, and last minute replacement Nelson Stokes) debuted at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta. There they quickly became a fan favourite largely because of their status position as the ultimate ‘underdog’ story of the games.

This team was the inspiration for a major motion picture, Cool Runnings. The characters in the film are fictional, although the original footage of the crash is used during the film. The film’s depiction of the post-crash rescue was changed to show the bobsledders carrying the sled over the line on their shoulders for dramatic effect.