The Jamaican bobsled team has raised over $25,000 in Dogecoin

Posted Jan 20, 2014

One of John Candy’s best movies is “Cool Runnings.” This movie is loosely based on the true story of the Jamaican bobsled team’s debut in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta Canada. The Jamaican bobsled team is now aiming to attend the Winter Olympics in Sochi. However, the team is using crowdfunding to cover their expenses. Enthusiastic supporters of the Jamaican bobsled team have donated $25,000 in the cryptocurrency Dogecoin for the team.

This is the first time since 2002 that the Jamaican bobsled team qualified for the Winter Olympics. The two man sled will be piloted by 46-year-old Winston Watt. Watt also compared in the 2002 Winter Olympics. Marvin Dixon will be the brakeman in this competition. Watt put his own money up to fly to the training session, but it wasn’t enough to get the two men to Russia. This is why he created a PayPal account for donations. It will cost them around $40,000 to compete.

“As someone who grew up in the 90’s, Cool Runnings was the ultimate feel good movie about underdogs out of their element achieving their dreams,” said Liam Butler, the head of the Dogecoin foundation in an interview with The Guardian. “When I was about 7 years old, my best friend and I had a billy-cart that his dad built. When we would start our run down his driveway, we would shout out the catchphrase from the movie: ‘Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, get on up, it’s bobsled time!'”

Butler created a website called Dogesled as part of a goal to raise money that Dixon and Watt need to get to Sochi. The $25,000 in Dogecoin is now ready to be sent to the Jamaican bobsled team and the donations keep coming in.

Below is a trailer of the Cool Runnings film: