Another reason why you should watch the Olympic Games
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Once every four years the Winter Olympics surprise us with the fact that nations, who know no snow, send teams to compete on the white stuff.
The A-Z of countries who have already qualified for Sochi includes African hot spots Togo and Zimbabwe, the Pacific island of Tonga and the Caribbean Cayman Islands.
These athletes from tropical nations often warm the hearts of TV audiences looking for an to cheer on. That was the case in 1988 when the Jamaican team brought some sunshine to the Calgary Games and inspired the cult film “Cool Runnings.”
After a 12-year absence, Jamaica is set to compete in the two-man bob after Winston Watts and Marvin Dixon used to help pay their way to Sochi.
underdog (n) a person, team, or group that seems least likely to win a game, competition
haphazard (adj) done in a way that does not seem to be carefully planned or organized
bobsleigh (n) a small vehicle for two or more people designed for sliding over snow and ice
crowdfunding (n) the process of getting a large group of people to finance a particular project,
especially by using a website where people can make contributions
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