It is a good time to be Jamaican. From music to sports to culture, Jamaica has made an indelible mark on the world stage. One just has to search for the hashtags #BobMarley70 or #KaciFennelShouldHaveWon on Twitter to see what a tremendous effect Jamaicans have had internationally. However, just in case you have been living under a rock for the past, oh… 60 years, here are seven times we reminded the world it was cool to be Jamaican.
Don’t be jealous now.
1. Bob. Marley. Enough said.
2. The triumph of the Jamaican Bobsled team. The team first gained fame during their debut in the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary, Alberta. Yes, that’s right, Jamaica, the land of wood and water making waves in the snow. Additionally, the movie, Cool Runnings which was inspired by the team grossed nearly $69 million in the United States alone and was a pop culture success. We made headlines again when we qualified in the Winter Olympic Games to be held in Sochi, Russia in 2014. We cool in the sun and cool in the snow.
3. A Bolt of lightning. Why yes, we are home to the fastest man on Earth, Usain Bolt. No, you may not have any of our yam. Usain Bolt is one of the brightest stars to grace the sport of track and field. He is known for his record-breaking performances and for his mass appeal on and off the track. A shining star, Jamaicans’ ‘glad bag buss’ whenever Bolt steps on the track. Jamaica to the wurl’!
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