Legendary Jamaican Bobsled Driver Now Lives In Wyoming
In 1999, the Jamaican national bobsleigh team arrived in Evanston, Wyo. to begin training for the 2002 Winter Olympics. One of them never left.
Winston Watts was already a two-time olympian when he came to the Cowboy State. After competing in the four-man event during the 1994 and 1998 Games, he was the driver for Jamaica's two-man bobsled at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
When his team failed to qualify in 2006 and 2010, Watts retired from the sport and returned to Wyoming. In 2014, at the age of 46, he came out of retirement and made the Olympics for the fourth time. These days, Watts is back home in Evanston, where he leads a quiet life with his wife and five children.
The Jamaican national bobsleigh team is one of the most incredible stories in sports history. Their improbable journey to the 1988 Winter Olympics inspired the popular Disney film Cool Runnings. This year, they will make history again, sending a women's team to the Olympics for the first time.