Tuesday, May 24

Olympic Games 2022: Rasta Rockett, the film that popularized the bobsleigh

Jamaica will field three bobsleigh teams at the 2022 Beijing Olympics (February 4-20). The opportunity for fans to talk about the film Rasta Rockett, which shed light on this discipline.

“Trace the ice cream man!” The Caribbean island will be talked about. Competing in the four-man, two-man, women’s mono and potentially the women’s two-man (the Jamaican crew having just missed qualifying, they have the status of first substitute), we should often refer to the film released in 1993.

The film, directed by Jon Turteltaub, is inspired by Jamaica’s participation in the bobsleigh events at the 1988 Winter Olympics. In Calgary (Canada), the island entered the history of the Winter Olympics by participating for the first time in the events of the discipline, in two-man bobsleigh (30th) and in four-man bobsleigh (retirement).

This film was a real success. The adventures of Sanka Coffie and his friends, trained by Irving Blitzer – double Olympic bobsleigh champion at the Winter Olympics in Innsbruck in 1964 and Grenoble in 1968, but disqualified at the following Games in Sapporo in 1972 for having weighed down his bobsled to go faster – have been seen by millions of people around the world and are regularly reviewed.

Between Sanka’s lucky egg, the songs (Balance man, cadence man, trace the ice cream, it’s the bob man!) and collector’s lines (“Sanka, are you dead?”), Rasta Rockett has become legendary and still look at each other with as much pleasure.

It also allowed as many people as possible to take a little more interest in bobsleigh and to highlight it.

Since then, the country has taken part in the Olympic Games on several occasions, in men’s and women’s two-man bobsleigh. And there is no doubt that this year, we should quickly talk about Rasta Rockett.


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