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Jamaica sending first skeleton athlete to Olympics

Monday, January 29, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation today announced that it will be sending skeleton athlete, Anthony Watson to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Watson is the first skeleton athlete from Jamaica to qualify for the Winter Games.

“Over the past several seasons we have revived the Skeleton programme with the aim of broadening our participation in sliding sports and providing a more assessable, lower cost sliding option for a greater number of Jamaicans. Anthony's qualification is as a result of tremendous effort and dedication on his part and we congratulate him and look forward to broadening and deepening Jamaica's participation in the sport of Skeleton.” said President of the JBSF Chris Stokes.

Watson is a former track and field athlete and Junior Olympic finalist in the 100m, 200m and 4x100 relay.

He started pursuing his skeleton career in 2013 hoping to fulfil his Olympic dreams, said the JBSF. “I first want to give all the glory to God! This whole year has been a rollercoaster of emotions. If I can say one thing from this whole experience it is that I was always told that anything can happen so come prepared to give your best because you never know what the outcome will be,” Watson said.

He added that it is an absolute honour to make history as Jamaica's first ever skeleton athlete to compete in an Olympic Games.

“This has been a dream of mine since I was six years old and I cannot express the surreal feeling of how humbled and excited I am to do my best for my country on the world's biggest stage of athletics,” he ended.

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