‘NUFF people say they know they can’t believe, Jamaica we have a bobsled team.
Unfortunately, though, they might not have a bobsled.
That’s because Sandra Kiriasis, a German who won a gold medal in 2006, sensationally quit as the team’s coach after she says she was forced out. Also, according to the BBC, she may take the team’s sled with her.
Kiriasis claims she is legally responsible for the sled, and that she wants payment for it, according to the BBC. The Jamaica Bobsled Federation declined to offer the former coach payment, and disputes the claims that she owns the sled.
“I’ve never known such disappointment in this sport, in my life,” Kiriasis said.
The women’s team was supposed to be a historic one, as it was the first of its kind, but the abrupt departure of their driver coach couldn’t have come at a worse time.
The team is scheduled to begin official training on Saturday, with their heats taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday.
“The athletes have told me they don’t understand why this has happened as they have no problem with me and we have a good relationship,” Kiriasis said.
The drama doesn’t end there, though, with the president of the Jamaica Bobsled Federation blasting Kiriasis in an interview with Reuters.
“The lady was a hugely destructive force on the team,” president Christian Stokes said.
“Now that she is off the team, synergy is much better, tension is down and athletes are now able to focus in a much healthier environment.
“If you come on the team, you have to be a team player. There are no gods and goddesses here.”
Feel the Rhythm. Feel the Rhyme. Get on up, it’s bobsled time.
Or maybe not.