Jamaica’s national treasure

The NBC Olympic website has an interesting article about the success of the Jamaican track and field team.

Sprinters: Jamaica’s national treasure

By The Associated Press

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) – From the ease of Usain Bolt’s record-smashing 100m to the sweep in the women’s 100m, the world is learning what Jamaicans knew all along.

This Caribbean nation, which once got a few chuckles by fielding an Olympic bobsled team, is no joke when it comes to track and field.

Jamaica’s success in Beijing has sent islanders into the streets, dancing and banging pots to celebrate the triumphs. It also has generated curiosity about how a nation of nearly 3 million known for its reggae music and beaches can produce such phenomenal runners.

The answer lies in a reggae song featured on the Jamaica Athletic Association’s Web site .

It was the following sentence that gave me a chuckle:

“We’ve been running ever since we came here, many years ago,” the song goes.

You can read the entire article here.   If you scroll down to the bottom of the page you’ll find a photo gallery of previous Jamaican track and field stars.

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