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Jamaica accepts Olympic invitation

on January 21, 2014 10:45 AM

UNDATED (AP) — Jamaica has decided to accept an invitation for its bobsled team to compete in next month’s Sochi Olympics.

The Jamaicans have been a phenomenon for more than a quarter-century, dating to the team’s Olympic debut in Calgary in 1988. They last brought their bobsled to the Olympics in 2002.

Winston Watts will pilot the team’s two-man sled and says he has received calls from countless people around the world offering financial support. The Jamaican Olympic Committee said it and the Sochi Organizing Committee will cover the team’s travel costs.

• LONDON (AP) — The manager of Vanessa-Mae says the musician will be swapping her violin for skis to compete at the Winter Olympics.

Giles Howard says the classical-pop violinist has qualified for the Thai team at the Sochi games.

The International Ski Federation’s rankings confirmed Vanessa-Mae had met the qualifying criteria to compete at Sochi.

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