That was unexpected

This picture is not what you think it is.

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Neither is this.

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Unless you were one of the 90s kids who chanted and cheered with the Jamaican bobsled team in Disney’s Cool Runnings; in which case, it is exactly what you think it is.

Leading his makeshift team of sprinters and pushcart drivers across the finish line at the Calgary Olympics, John Candy plays the entirely fictitious American coach with wisecracking heart.  The team includes its own comedy gold, with (admittedly racist) jokes about the hot weather boys’ first trip to frigid Canada, and a clash of culture between Jamaica’s social classes.  Rastafarian Sanka stays impossibly positive with his beats, Junior learns how to wear something other than pink polo shirts, and Yul Brenner…yeah, the bald one is named Yul Brenner.  The driver, Denise, is supposed to be the hero and center of the story, but his leadership quotes are unmemorable.  The real magic of this movie is this moment

I don’t want to spoil the ending for you, but – FEELS!   The truth was stretched to make the movie more dramatic, and musical.  Still, that moment when the real Jamaican bobsled team displayed true sportsmanship is a highlight of not just the 1988 Olympics, but every Olympic story.

If you made personal goals at New Year’s and have fallen behind, get your spirit back Disney-style.  Feel the rhythm! Feel the rhyme! Get on up – it’s bobsled time!

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