Well, here’s something you don’t see everyday: the Philippine National Bobsled Luge and Skeleton Association just had their North American debut in Calgary, Alberta, placing third in Alberta Bobsleigh Provincial Championship. Well done, Philippine Bobsled Team!
In case you didn’t know, the Philippine Bobsled Team is the first from country, which isn’t exactly known for its wintry weather.
Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme! Get on up, it’s bobsled time!
The whole story reminds us of the Jamaican National Bobsled Team, who, incidentally, also made their debut in Calgary during the 1988 Winter Olympics Games.
The Jamaican National Bobsled Team were considered underdogs during those Games. Let’s face it, Jamaica isn’t known for its wintry weather either.
In the lead up to the Games, athletes from other countries (which actually had snow) reached out and provided the Jamaican National Bobsled Team with support and guidance.
The Jamaican National Bobsled Team failed to qualify after losing control and crashing out. Their story served as inspiration for the popular movie “Cool Runnings” which featured the late comedian John Candy, a Newmarket, Ontario native.
The Jamaican National Bobsled Team returned to the Olympics in 1992, 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2014. In 2018, Jamaica sent their first female bobsled team.
Philippine Bobsled Team coached by a former member of the Jamaican National Bobsled Team
The Philippine Bobsled Team worked with Canadian Olympian Lascelles Brown, who has two Olympic Medals in the sport.
Lascelles Brown actually played for the Jamaican National Bobsled Team in the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, UT before moving with his family to Canada.
Lascelles Brown competed as a member of Team Canada in the 2006 Games in Turin, the 2010 Games in Vancouver, the 2014 Games in Sochi and the 2018 Games in PyeongChang.
Meet your Philippine Bobsled Team
The Philippine Bobsled Team are made up of enlisted members of the Philippine Coast Guard: Seaman 1st Class Rolando Isidro (Pilot) and Seaman 2nd Class Jeffrey de la Cruz (Brakeman).
The pair made their international debut at the Europa Cup at the Olympia Eiskanal in Tirol, Austria in 2018.
Thelmo Cunanan Jr. is the President of the Philippine National Bobsled Luge and Skeleton Association.
The game plan is to compete in the 2020 Olympics in Beijing. Good luck boys, do us all proud!
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