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Judith Blackwood, Antonette Gorman

Jamaica's first women's bobsledders Captain Judith Blackwood and Lieutenant Antonette Gorman.

The possibility of the inclusion of women’s bobsleigh in the 2002 Olympic Winter Games was seriously discussed by the FIBT as the 1998 Olympic Winter Games approached. The JBF immediately supported the movement. Jamaica has achieved an outstanding record of participation by women in the Summer Olympics including the exploits of Merlene Ottey, Grace Jackson, Deon Hemmings, Veronica Campbell, Shelly-Ann Fraser, Sherone Simpson and Kerron Steward to name a few. We felt we had the athletes and now the experience in the sport to field a competitive team. In fact, it seemed to that Jamaica had a real chance of winning a medal in this event. Even before being assured women’s bobsleigh would be approved as an Olympic event, the JBF began developing the program. The JBF recruited wo excellent female prospects from the JDF, Lieutenant Antonette Gorman and Captain Judith Blackwood, into the program. Together, they became Jamaica’s first ladies on ice and launched their bobsleighing careers by successfully participating in a driving school in Park City, Utah, in October 1998.



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