Internet sends Jamaican Bobsled Team to Winter Games - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Internet breaks out the coin to send Jamaican Bobsled Team to Winter Games

The 1993 Disney movie 'Cool Runnings,' the story of a Jamaican Bobsled Team making it to the Olympics, has gathered a cult following online. (Source: Disney) The 1993 Disney movie 'Cool Runnings,' the story of a Jamaican Bobsled Team making it to the Olympics, has gathered a cult following online. (Source: Disney)
  • StrangeMore>>

  • Pacific cruise liner brawl sends guests fleeing to cabins

    Pacific cruise liner brawl sends guests fleeing to cabins

    Sunday, February 18 2018 12:10 AM EST2018-02-18 05:10:21 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 10:50 AM EST2018-02-22 15:50:43 GMT
    A South Pacific cruise was interrupted by brawls apparently caused by a 23-member family who threw punches at other passengers, some of whom locked themselves in cabins to escape days of violence.
    A South Pacific cruise was interrupted by brawls apparently caused by a 23-member family who threw punches at other passengers, some of whom locked themselves in cabins to escape days of violence.
  • Yuck: Bank staff sick of hawk scarfing pigeons at their door

    Yuck: Bank staff sick of hawk scarfing pigeons at their door

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 1:13 PM EST2018-02-21 18:13:53 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 10:50 AM EST2018-02-22 15:50:42 GMT
    The feeding habits of a Cooper's hawk may fascinate birdwatchers, but employees of an upstate New York bank are fed up with the feathery remnants of slaughtered pigeons at their doorstep.
    The feeding habits of a Cooper's hawk may fascinate birdwatchers, but employees of an upstate New York bank are fed up with the feathery remnants of slaughtered pigeons at their doorstep.
  • APNewsBreak: NY touts economic boom with South African photo

    APNewsBreak: NY touts economic boom with South African photo

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 6:12 PM EST2018-02-20 23:12:33 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 10:50 AM EST2018-02-22 15:50:41 GMT
    (Empire State Development via AP). This screen shot from a report released on the website of New York state's economic development agency, Empire State Development, shows seven towering heavy-lift cranes to help illustrate the state's growth, but the A...(Empire State Development via AP). This screen shot from a report released on the website of New York state's economic development agency, Empire State Development, shows seven towering heavy-lift cranes to help illustrate the state's growth, but the A...
    APNewsBreak: New York economic development agency issues report illustrating state's booming growth with 8-year-old photo of construction cranes in South Africa.
    APNewsBreak: New York economic development agency issues report illustrating state's booming growth with 8-year-old photo of construction cranes in South Africa.
  • InternationalMore>>

  • Montenegro police official: US Embassy attacker ex-soldier

    Montenegro police official: US Embassy attacker ex-soldier

    Thursday, February 22 2018 4:03 AM EST2018-02-22 09:03:55 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:55 AM EST2018-02-22 16:55:54 GMT
    (AP Photo/Risto Bozovic). Police block off the area around the U.S. Embassy in Montenegro's capital Podgorica, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. Montenegro says an attacker threw a grenade at the U.S. Embassy in the capital of the Balkan state then killed himse...(AP Photo/Risto Bozovic). Police block off the area around the U.S. Embassy in Montenegro's capital Podgorica, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. Montenegro says an attacker threw a grenade at the U.S. Embassy in the capital of the Balkan state then killed himse...
    Police in Montenegro say they are "working intensely" to identify an assailant who threw an explosive device into the U.S. embassy compound in the capital, Podgorica, before killing himself.
    Police in Montenegro say they are "working intensely" to identify an assailant who threw an explosive device into the U.S. embassy compound in the capital, Podgorica, before killing himself.
  • Dutch prosecutors reject calls for criminal tobacco case

    Dutch prosecutors reject calls for criminal tobacco case

    Thursday, February 22 2018 4:13 AM EST2018-02-22 09:13:53 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:55 AM EST2018-02-22 16:55:43 GMT
    Dutch prosecutors are set to announce if they will open a criminal investigation into four major tobacco companies on charges including attempted murder or manslaughter.
    Dutch prosecutors are set to announce if they will open a criminal investigation into four major tobacco companies on charges including attempted murder or manslaughter.
  • In Syria, a father says last goodbye to dead child

    In Syria, a father says last goodbye to dead child

    Thursday, February 22 2018 4:53 AM EST2018-02-22 09:53:59 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:55 AM EST2018-02-22 16:55:40 GMT
    (Ghouta Media Center via AP). This frame grab from video provided on Wednesday Feb. 21, 2018 by the Syrian anti-government activist group Ghouta Media Center, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows a Syrian man...(Ghouta Media Center via AP). This frame grab from video provided on Wednesday Feb. 21, 2018 by the Syrian anti-government activist group Ghouta Media Center, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows a Syrian man...
    A father saying his last goodbye to his dead child in a moment captured on video, before the shelling starts again.
    A father saying his last goodbye to his dead child in a moment captured on video, before the shelling starts again.

(RNN) - The internet, doing what it does best, is helping the Jamaican Bobsled Team get to the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, thanks to a movie made in 1993 about a previous team's Olympic competition.

Really.

The two-man team, piloted by Winston Watts, qualified for the games on Saturday. Watts said that it will cost $80,000 to transport both the team and their equipment to the games - money the team did not have until the internet stepped in.

Watts told the Telegraph that the original team of four members had to be cut to two because of injuries to other teammates and a lack of funding – which has been one of the biggest hurdles in keeping the team up and running.

Upon learning that the Jamaican Bobsled Team had qualified for the winter games for the first time in 12 years but couldn't afford the trip, users of online currency Dogecoins called Shibes banded together to raise funds for the sled team. So many people donated that it's actually raised the price of the cryptocurrency.

Watts, 46, who came out of retirement for the games is a previous three-time pilot for the team. He last piloted a sled in 2002 - when the bobsled team made it to the winter games. After that, he told the Telegraph, funding for the team dried up and he moved to the United States, where he has become a naturalized citizen.

The other member of the qualifying team is brakeman Marvin Dixon, a former sprinter, who began competing in 2007.

Social media's fascination with the Jamaican Bobsled Team is thanks to a 1993 movie, Cool Runnings, which was loosely based on a four-person bobsled team from the tropical island nation of Jamaica. Over the years it has become something of a cult classic, and if the recent fundraising results and online comments are anything to judge by, it's a pretty big one.

According to coinmarketcap.com, Dogecoin is the eighth most popularly traded cryptocurrency world-wide. Currently each coin has a worth of $0.0012, or just more than one tenth of one penny.

It takes a lot of Dogecoins to reach $35,000 – which is just below what the Shibes raised by Monday.

Dogecoin is essentially a meme using another internet meme, Doge, to mock the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. However, Dogecoin has real-life monetary value, albeit very small, and is mainly used as a fun way to tip users across social media for popular or funny posts.

Dogecoin isn't the only group taking donations for the team. There's also two more fundraisers on Indiegogo and Crowdtilt. The Crowdtilt pager has become the official fundraiser of the team, after originally being started by fan Lincoln Wheeler.

Late Monday, Dogecoin converted its donations into Bitcoin and added them to the Crowdtilt total, making it top out at more than $100,000, far exceeding the original goal.

Team representative and retired bobsledder Devon Harris announced on the Crowdtilt page that anyone who had donated more than $50 would receive a T-shirt from the team.

On Monday, the Jamaican Olympic Association officially announced that the team had qualified for the winter games, and would be on their way. The association also said it would be funding the team's travel and accommodation costs.

Harris addressed the issue on the fundraising page and said that although they had received word on the announcement, they will still need funds to provide for things not covered by the JOA.

"However, they'll still need all funds from this campaign to afford their jackets, equipment, and the three weeks of training time until Sochi. So let's keep supporting the team," Harris wrote.

Copyright 2014 Raycom News Network. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly