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Post by Soldier_Of_Fortune on Thu Sep 15, 2011 5:11 pm

Hence why they have had some much success over the last few years.

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Post by Liam_Main on Thu Sep 15, 2011 5:13 pm

Cool Runnings was about a bobsleigh team, why would it convince Jamaicans to take up sprinting?
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Post by Soldier_Of_Fortune on Thu Sep 15, 2011 5:25 pm

Because they were intially sprinters

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Post by Soldier_Of_Fortune on Thu Sep 15, 2011 5:28 pm

Because they were intially sprinters

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Post by Thomond on Thu Sep 15, 2011 6:05 pm

"Jamaica we have a boblseigh team" Jamaica have always had a history of sprinters though.

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Post by The Galveston Giant on Thu Sep 15, 2011 11:49 pm

Cool runnings is a great film, here's a good article about Jamaican Sprinting and the annual championships there.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2010/apr/01/jamaican-champs-athletics
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Post by sportykeppy-1 on Fri Sep 16, 2011 12:05 am

Jamaica has always been quite good at sprinting. In 1948 London Olympics they they won their first olympic gold medal in the men's 400m.

Soldier_Of_Fortune, check this out:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athletics_in_Jamaica#1940s.

Donald Quarrie won the men's 200m in 1976 Montreal games.... The bobsleigh movie was as a result of them actually taking part in a winter games a few years ago where the participated in the bobsleigh event.... Cool

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Post by ryanbailey on Fri Sep 16, 2011 8:50 pm

Yes, it did inspire them to start sprinting. It was John Candy's physique and sprinting skills that did it.

Oh boy... did you actually watch the movie??? It is about sprinters taking up bobsleigh...

Perhaps this could work the other way round... bobsleigh people taking up sprinting.... What do you think???

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Post by md_fan on Fri Sep 16, 2011 9:22 pm

Didn't Allan Wells dabble a bit in bobsleigh after his retirement? Not sure how it went.

BTW - They should remake Cool Runnings with Bolt in the Doug E. Doug role.

MLF could stand in for John Candy.

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Post by ryanbailey on Sat Sep 17, 2011 12:31 pm

MLF lacks the charisma to play John Candy roles.

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Post by md_fan on Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:32 pm

He can just about run as fast as John Candy though.

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Post by ryanbailey on Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:40 pm

md_fan wrote:He can just about run as fast as John Candy though.

I'm not disputing that... I don 't think anyone else will either.

John Candy was awesome!

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Post by Izzymiyagh1 on Sun Sep 18, 2011 11:08 am

John Candy was the man...

In fact, if you say, 'Candy was the man', 3 times...( not sure anyone will get the obscure reference, but thought I'd throw it out there anyway Erm )

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