in a bobsleigh? Call me, says Jamaican Watts
Send a link to a friend
[February 06, 2014]
By Justin Palmer
ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) — Winston
Watts is soaking up every moment of his latest Olympic experience with
the world fascinated by the resurrection of Jamaican bobsleigh, but a
phone call from Usain Bolt would be the icing on the cake.
"Usain is a busy guy — he doesn't have my number. If a text comes
in it will be a surprise. I'd love to know that he is behind us,"
two-man pilot Watts told reporters after their first unofficial
practice at the Sanki Sliding Centre on Thursday.
The world's fastest man has expressed a desire to play cricket and
football but Watts said the sprinter could try out for his team if
he ever tired of dominating the track.
"He would be a very good pusher but he is not the kind of person who
likes cold. He has definitely said that.
"It would be awesome to have him on my team because, you know, a
strong guy like me, and Bolt who is very fast ... can you imagine
... A good combination."
The chatty Jamaican was pleased to announce that the team's missing
luggage and equipment, missing en route to Sochi, had arrived late
on Wednesday — but not quite in the shape they had packed it.
"It was full of protein powder (that had spilled in the container),"
the 46-year-old said. "My helmet that I was wearing today, I had
protein in my eyes."
While Watts did not have to rely on borrowed gear the now four-time
Olympian admitted to a "few butterflies" and feeling a "little
shaky" on their first run after clocking the slowest time in
[to top of second column]
"I never tell anyone what I am going to expect here. We come here as
the underdogs but we hopefully show the rest of the world what the
Jamaica team can do," he said of their return to Olympic bobsleigh
after a 12-year absence.
Thanks to the popularity of the film Cool Runnings, telling the tale
of four plucky underdogs from the tropical nation making their
Olympic bobsled debut in 1988, Watts will be guaranteed as much
media attention as the sport's leading nations.
He is happy to take it in his stride, thrilled to be back in the
"The bobsleigh circuit is like a family," he said. "Everyone loves
Jamaica. When Jamaica is not around they are not happy because we
are a fun-loving caring people. Jamaicans smile all the time, even
when they are having a bad day."
The self-confessed "mama's boy from a poor Jamaican family", it
seems, will still be smiling by the time the two-man competition
starts on February 16.
(Editing by Peter Rutherford)
[© 2014 Thomson Reuters. All rights
Copyright 2014 Reuters. All rights reserved. This material may not be published,
broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.