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Cool Tech: Jamaican Bobsled Team Gets Silicon Valley Olympic Boost

Crowdfunding the Bobsled Team

By Scott Budman
|  Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014  |  Updated 7:32 PM PDT
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Remember the Jamaican Bobsled team? They're back, thanks to Silicon Valley. Scott Budman reports.

Remember the Jamaican Bobsled team? They're back, thanks to Silicon Valley. Scott Budman reports.

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Remember the Jamaican Bobsled team? Of course you do. They kicked up some snow back in the 1988 Olympic Games, made a movie, and then kept going.

Until they slid to a stop.

But now, they're back, with a new way to get back to the Games: Crowdfunding. With a boost from crowdfunders like Indiegogo, Crowdtilt, and Reddit, the Jamaican Bobsled Team is well on its way to booking another round of flights, this time to Sochi Russia.

At last check, the team is closing in on its goal of $80,000 to cover expenses and supplies. The team says it also wants to raise cash to make sure future generations of Jamaican Bobsledders can hit the mountains as well.

If you're interested in helping, check one of the sites, and be a part of the team.

Scott covers tech (and the Olympics) on Twitter: @scottbudman

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