Mini gifted a brand new car to the Jamaican National Bobsled Team
Feel the Rhythm! Feel the Rhyme! Get on up, it's... Mini time?!?
I'm sure all of you are familiar with the classic feelgood film Cool Runnings. Loosely based on a real story about a Jamaican bobsleigh team's entry into the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada, it's arguably one of the greatest comedy films of all time and its quotability is absolutely off the scale. Well, it turns out that the Jamaican National Bobsled Team still exists and two members of the team just received a pretty great gift from Mini after being spotted doing a very peculiar form of training during lockdown!
Sled pilot Shanwayne Stevens, who is an ex-serviceman ("I got into bobsledding through the Royal Air Force, where we use ice sports as a form of character building and compete in the inter-services against the Army and Navy.") and brakeman Nimoy Turgott, who fell in love with bobsledding after using it as a form of rehab from some athletics-related injuries, have been training in Peterborough, UK ahead of the World Championships in Lake Placid, New York next year (and eventually the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing). As you can imagine, training has been a bit difficult for the two bobsledders due to the fact that all the gyms in the UK are still closed and they currently don't have access to their equipment. To compensate for that, they decided to keep up their training by pushing a 3 door Mini hatchback down a private road.
When Mini found out about this, the company decided to give their training a bit of an upgrade and gifted them a brand new Mini Convertible Cooper! Shanwayne Stevens has always been a fan of the Mini brand; he owns a 1992 Austin Mini himself and 3 door Mini hatch him and Nimoy Turgott was using for training is his fiancee's car: "We are extremely excited to have some new training wheels! It gives us even more motivation to achieve our goals and we’re grateful that Mini UK has recognised the hard work and focus we have put into our training over the lockdown period." The new Mini was given a special wrap in the colours of the Jamaican flag and the hashtag #jamaicabobsled on the side to help the team get noticed and rally support wherever they take the new Mini.
Whilst the 2022 Winter Olympics may be a while away yet, I think the Jamaican bobsleigh team will be feeling very Olympic already thanks to Mini's show of support! Hopefully, we'll be seeing Shanwayne Stevens and Nimoy Turgott tearing up the bobsled track in Beijing on our TVs in a couple of years time.