Monday, January 20, 2014

Who is the mother of HALF of the Jamaica Bobsled Team in the Calgary Olympics?
Listen to the Stokes brothers talk about their experience.
If you want a true definition of 'Cool Runnings', you have to meet the Mom of half the courageous Jamaica Bobsled team which made Jamaica proud in Calgary.  She is Dr Blossom O'Meally Nelson, the mother of Dudley Stokes and Chris Stokes - she reverted to her maiden names after her divorce from their dad, the late Dudley Stokes Sr.  The former Postmaster General of Jamaica, former Pro Vice Chancellor of UTECH and sought after public speaker, poet and entrepreneur is a household name in Jamaica, beloved for her wit and mentorship of young leaders.
Here is info from Wikipedia: Jamaica competed in the Winter Olympic Games for the first time at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada. They competed in one sport, Bobsledding, in both the two-man and four-man events and finished outside of the medal places in both competitions. Athletes were recruited from the Jamaica Defence Force, which saw Dudley Stokes, Devon Harris and Michael White become the first members of the team. Caswell Allen was the fourth man, but was injured prior to the start of the Olympics and was replaced by Chris Stokes, who was only in Canada to support his brother and new team-mate Dudley.
The two man event took place first, with Dudley Stokes and White finishing in 30th position overall. American television stations aired footage of the four-man Jamaican team, and despite crashing during the third run and finishing last overall, went on to inspire the 1993 film Cool Runnings.

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