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After Jamaican bobsled team gets to Olympics on Dogecoin, airline loses all their gear

Feb 5, 2014

There are plenty of people in Russia who can lay credible claim to bad luck, but the Jamaican bobsled team just can’t win—literally or figuratively, apparently.

After raising $120,000 in Dogecoin to get to the Games from internet nostalgists who apparently felt an Olympics as farcical as Russia’s just wouldn’t be complete without the Jamaican bobsled team, Winston Watts and his teammates arrived in Sochi only to learn that their airline had lost all their gear.

“The sled is here,” Watts told the AP. “But the blades that we put our heart out to get, the airline maybe left them back in New York. None of us have clothing.”

The team is unable to practice on (badly-needed) training runs while they wait for the airline to find their gear. As other competing bobsled teams race down the ice and get a feel for the track, the Jamaican team is left making phone calls trying to track down their equipment, stuck wearing only the yellow track suits and hats that they showed up in.

“I do have a backup plan,” Watts said, and explained that if their stuff doesn’t show up by Thursday he’s going ask competing teams (who, let’s be honest, probably aren’t that spooked by the competition) if he can borrow their gear to practice on.

“We do have a lot of guys here that want to help us, so I’m excited to see what’s going to be the outcome tomorrow.”

Despite the endless difficulties for the Jamaican bobsled team, Watts is maintaining a relentlessly positive attitude: “We are the most lovingest people, so every moment is always positive. We always keep smiling. That is our motto.”

At least we all have someone to root for now at the Sochi Games.

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