Cool Runnings and cold truths

If you’re paying attention to the Winter Olympics beyond attending themed parties in American flag gear, then you may have noticed some unlikely participants in this year’s games. In Pyeongchang, Jamaicans Carrie Russell, Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian and Audra Segree will take to the slopes to compete in the women’s bobsled event. Hailing from the tropical island of Jamaica, these athletes’ male counterparts once inspired the film “Cool Runnings” by competing in Calgary at the 1988 Winter Olympics. They didn’t win any medals, but—in true Disney fashion—they certainly won a lot of hearts.

My eight-year-old self was one of those people who […]