The Caribbean will be represented by only two nations at the Winter Olympic Games, so get ready to cheer as the opening ceremony gets underway from Pyeongchang, South Korea this Friday, Feb. 9th.
Jamaica will compete in the bobsleigh and skeleton competitions while Puerto Rico will compete in Alpine skiing. Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian, Carrie Russell and Audra Segree are the first Jamaican women to qualify for the bobsleigh competition at the Games.
Anthony Watson is the first athlete to represent Jamaica in skeleton at the Winter Games. He received a late call-up to the competition after several countries declined places for the event.
Jamaica’s contingent in South Korea will be completed by Chris Stokes, president of the Jamaica Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation; Leo Campbell, chef de mission; and Dudley Stokes, team captain.
Jamaica’s sports minister, Olivia Grange, said she is confident of a podium finish for Jamaica. “I feel that the girls will make the podium,” was the minister’s optimistic assessment.
Seventeen-year-old Charles Flaherty is representing Puerto Rico.
The Games run from February 9 to 25.