Red Stripe Rescues Jamaican Team, Will Provide New Bobsled
Beer brand Red Stripe has bought and donated a bobsled to the Jamaica Bobsled & Skeleton Federation "just days ahead of their participation" in the Pyeongchang Games, according to the JAMAICA GLEANER. Coach Sandra Kiriasas on Wednesday "quit the team after a role dispute with the JBSF" and "threatened to take with her, the team's sled, which she said she owned." That led to Red Stripe reaching out via Twitter and offering to "provide a sled as a gift" for the team of Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian and Carrie Russell. Contact was established on Thursday between Jamaica-based Red Stripe and the JBSF, with bobsled officials "accepting the gift." Red Stripe Senior Marketing Manager for Caribbean Imports Andrew Anguin prior to contacting the JBSF "underlined the value of the gift and noted that the company was open to the possibility of a long term relationship with Jamaican bobsled" after Pyeongchang (JAMAICA GLEANER, 2/16). Anguin is "working with the federation to determine the final price of the sled" (USATODAY.com, 2/16). Fenlator-Victorian and Russell are Jamaica's "first female Winter Olympic competitors," and their participation in the Games comes 30 years "after the men's bobsleigh team made a historic appearance" at the '88 Calgary Games (JAMAICA OBSERVER, 2/16).