If they ever make a Cool Runnings 2, it will not end with Jamaica winning a gold medal.
Well, at least not with a significant rewrite or some supernatural things happening during Monday's final two runs. Jamaica ranks 30th out of 30 teams with half of Sochi's two-man competition being put in the books Sunday night in Sochi.
After the event's first two runs, Winston Watts and Marvin Dixon are +4.41 seconds compared to leader Alexander Zubkov and Alexey Negodaylo of Russia. That might not seem like much, but to put it in perspective, Russia's 0.32 seconds lead over second-place Switzerland is being described as "commanding." The U.S. team of Steven Holcomb and Steven Langton are in third, 0.36 seconds behind the leaders.
Still, if Pierre de Coubertin's famous quote about "taking part" and "fighting well" remains true, then the Jamaicans remain winners. Watts had problems with his visor during Sunday's second run, but battled through to finish. It's also still a big achievement that they're here for the first time since 2002, having qualified and then gone through the challenge of crowd-sourcing enough money to reach Sochi.
Also, there's no doubt they have the best song of any two-man team, having taken over the Internet with a can't-get-it-out-of-your-brain theme song on Sunday morning.
Seriously: Go ahead, give it a listen and try to tell us otherwise.
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