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Jamaican Bobsled Team makes rounds at Sundance Film Festival

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The Jamaican Bobsled Team made its way to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, to promote its trip to the Sochi Olympics on Monday.

“We’re here to let people know that we are here and still in need of funding,” coach Wayne Thomas told The Associated Press, adding jokingly, “And also to see some stars.”

“Only lady stars,” driver Winston Watts said.

Watts has said for months he is seeking funding to aid his competitive efforts. He is not in danger of missing out on Sochi though. The money would go to improving his equipment.

The team snapped photos with festival goers on Main Street in Park City. Watts resides in Evanston, Wyo., which is about 60 miles away. He trains on the Park City bobsled track from the 2002 Olympics.

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IOC president: ‘No intention’ by any countries to pull out of Rio Olympics

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LILLEHAMMER, Norway (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach says there is “no intention” by any countries to pull out of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro over concerns about the Zika virus.

Bach, speaking ahead of the opening ceremony of the Winter Youth Olympics in Lillehammer, says he has “full confidence” in the actions being undertaken by the Brazilian authorities and global health organizations to combat the outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus.

At the same time, Bach says “this does not exclude that we are taking the situation very seriously.”

Bach says “we’re also very confident that the athletes and the spectators will enjoy safe conditions in Rio de Janeiro.”

Bach’s comments echoed those of the IOC’s medical director, Dr. Richard Budgett, who told The Associated Press on Thursday that “everything that can be done is being done” to contain Zika ahead of the games in August.

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Max Parrot, Julia Marino win Big Air at Fenway Park snowboarding

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Canadian Olympic snowboarder Max Parrot and American Julia Marino swept the first Big Air at Fenway Park events on Thursday night.

Parrot, who finished fifth in the Sochi Olympic slopestyle competition, had the highest-scoring run of all competitors in gusty conditions at the home of the Boston Red Sox.

He tallied a 96.25 in his second of three runs. The combined score of his first two runs — 183.5 — held up so that his last run was a victory lap.

Parrot gained attention in Sochi for being one of two Canadian snowboarders to call out Shaun White for pulling out before the slopestyle competition.

White didn’t compete Thursday. Olympic slopestyle champions Sage Kotsenburg (training crash) and Jamie Anderson (eliminated in qualifying) did compete, but not in the finals.

Big air, which debuts at the Olympics at Pyeongchang 2018, is most like slopestyle of the current Olympic snowboard disciplines. The key difference is that big air runs include one jump, while slopestyle is a course of several jumps and rails.

Earlier, American Julia Marino was the surprise women’s winner at Fenway, tallying a two-run total of 169.25. Marino, 18, was a forerunner who got into the field when U.S. Olympian Ty Walker withdrew.

Riders competed Thursday with wind gusts up to 25 miles per hour, NBC Sports’ Tina Dixon said. Their bibs flapped uncontrollably at the top of the 140-foot-high jump, nearly four times the height of the adjacent Green Monster.

“The wind definitely created a nervous factor for me, and I’m sure all the other riders, too,” Marino, a Connecticut native, said on NBCSN. “It was crazy windy up there. But the fact is the jump itself wasn’t as winded down below. … I’ve been to Boston so many times, and I’ve walked past this ballpark a ton. To be snowboarding here, it’s insane.”

Big Air at Fenway concludes Friday with ski big air, live on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra at 9 p.m. ET.

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