Cool Runnings is a 1993 film about the first ever Jamaican bobsled team. It was loosely based on the true story about the real team that competed in the 1988 Olympics in Calgary, AB. The film is very funny and very inspirational. John Candy plays the coach of the team and this was the last film Candy was able to watch with himself in it before his death. Much of the story was made up to create drama in the movie, but the real Jamaican team did start out practicing on dirt in Jamaica.
Their first real ice track was actually in Lake Placid, NY site of the 1932 and 1980 Olympics and 10 miles north of where I grew up. I’ve had the pleasure of taking several bobsled rides and grew up knowing many people who competed on the Olympic track and chased a dream to be in the Olympics. It is a lot harder then in looks especially to compete at an Olympic level.
The real Jamaican team put together a string of 4 and 2 man bobsled teams and just missed the 2018 Olympics for men, but was able to qualify a women bobsled team. This is one of those classic movies that may get overlooked, but it is truly worth watching. The classic John Candy comedy, with the remarkable story of a bobsled team from a country who has never had snow and many who are born there have never traveled to a country to see snow. It is an inspirational story that anything can be accomplished if you put your mind to it. If you have never watched Cool Runnings make sure to check this one out, it’s a Disney movie so it is a great family movie as well. Be sure and sound off AFTER THE JUMP and share your thoughts on ‘Cool Runnings‘!