Doug E. Doug reflects on ‘Cool Runnings’

Doug E. Doug

Doug E. Doug has said he still has his character’s lucky eggs from “Cool Runnings,” the 1993 Disney film loosely based on the 1988 Jamaican Olympic bobsled team. They’re rubber.

Doug, now 45, recently reflected on his most well-known role while at the Tribeca Film Festival debut of his new film, “The Wannabe.”

The Brooklyn, N.Y., native has said he’s asked about “Cool Runnings” daily and called it a “sideline occupation” but is also proud of the fame.

Here are excerpts from Doug’s interview:

OlympicTalk: Did you follow the Jamaican bobsled team’s return to the Olympics in Sochi?

Doug: Yeah, I’m friends with Devon Harris. He’s one of the original Jamaican bobsledders and head of the bobsled federation. So it’s disappointing that they haven’t been able to be medal contending [Jamaica was 29th out of 29 finishers in the Sochi two-man event]. But a lot of that has to do with fundraising, so we’re working together with the federation to make sure that they have enough funds to train for the entire year, so they’re not unprepared.

OlympicTalk: Are the other actors involved with fundraising?

Doug: We reached out to them. Hopefully they’ll come aboard as well.

OlympicTalk: What was it like going back to Calgary for the film’s 20th anniversary in 2013?

Doug: Myself and Leon [who played driver Derice Bannock] were both there. It was incredible. The city was going wild. I was kind of surprised because it was so long ago. They had events and treated us very well.

OlympicTalk: How long had it been since you were in Calgary?

Doug: Since we did the movie.

OlympicTalk: What memories did it bring back?

Doug: How cold it wasn’t [in 1988]. We expected for it to be cold, so we had to pretend like it was cold [while filming]. I guess they call it a Chinook wind, like it was a warm winter that year.

OlympicTalk: Did you go to the 20th anniversary screening?

Doug: We had several screenings. They were all packed. I kind of walked out because I’ve seen it like 30 times. We had a Q&A afterwards. I tried to humor them [the crowd].

OlympicTalk: What was the most interesting question you were asked?

Doug: They asked me what I’ve been doing since. I thought that was really funny. I said if you have to ask, then probably not much.

OlympicTalk: Did you go on a bobsled run while you were there?

Doug: I actually did not bobsled there [in Calgary]. They also didn’t allow me to do it while we were shooting the movie. You know, insurance. I bobsledded for the first time in Utah in Park City a couple of years ago.

OlympicTalk: What was the first bobsled run like?

Doug: I was shocked [laughs]. It’s like something I can’t really describe. People describe it as several Gs of force on your face, so it’s like jumping out of a building. I was shocked how elastic my face was, but I would do it again.

OlympicTalk: What do fans say to you when they bring up “Cool Runnings?”

Doug: They say, “Where’s your lucky egg?” and “Sanka, are you dead, man?” I say, “Ya man!”

OlympicTalk: How’s your Jamaican accent?

Doug: It’s still intact. It was more like a Jamaican Jerry Lewis in that movie. My father is from Jamaica, so everybody from Jamaica tells me that’s not a real Jamaican accent. I’m like, I really know how to do one.

Jamaican bobsledder Winston Watts part of The Rock’s HBO series

Joel Embiid gains U.S. citizenship, mum on Olympic nationality

Joel Embiid

Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid said he is now a U.S. citizen and it’s way too early to think about what nation he would represent at the Olympics.

“I just want to be healthy and win a championship and go from there,” he said, according to The Associated Press.

Embiid, 28, was born in Cameroon and has never competed in a major international tournament. In July, he gained French nationality, a step toward being able to represent that nation at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

In the spring, French media reported that Embiid started the process to become eligible to represent France in international basketball, quoting national team general manager Boris Diaw.

Embiid was second in NBA MVP voting this season behind Serbian Nikola Jokic. He was the All-NBA second team center.

What nation Embiid represents could have a major impact on the Paris Games.

In Tokyo, a French team led by another center, Rudy Gobert, handed the U.S. its first Olympic defeat since 2004. That was in group play. The Americans then beat the French in the gold-medal game 87-82.

That France team had five NBA players to the U.S.’ 12: Nicolas BatumEvan FournierTimothe Luwawu-CabarrotFrank Ntilikina and Gobert.

Anthony Davis, who skipped the Tokyo Olympics, is the lone U.S. center to make an All-NBA team in the last five seasons. In that time, Embiid made four All-NBA second teams and Gobert made three All-NBA third teams.

No Olympic team other than the U.S. has ever had two reigning All-NBA players on its roster.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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LA 2028, Delta unveil first-of-its-kind emblems for Olympics, Paralympics

Delta LA 2028
LA 2028

Emblems for the 2028 Los Angeles Games that include logos of Delta Air Lines is the first integration of its kind in Olympic and Paralympic history.

Organizers released the latest set of emblems for the LA 2028 Olympics and Paralympics on Thursday, each with a Delta symbol occupying the “A” spot in LA 28.

Two years ago, the LA 2028 logo concept was unveiled with an ever-changing “A” that allowed for infinite possibilities. Many athletes already created their own logos, as has NBC.

“You can make your own,” LA28 chairperson Casey Wasserman said in 2020. “There’s not one way to represent Los Angeles, and there is strength in our diverse cultures. We have to represent the creativity and imagination of Los Angeles, the diversity of our community and the big dreams the Olympic and Paralympic Games provide.”

Also in 2020, Delta was announced as LA 2028’s inaugural founding partner. Becoming the first partner to have an integrated LA 2028 emblem was “extremely important for us,” said Emmakate Young, Delta’s managing director, brand marketing and sponsorships.

“It is a symbol of our partnership with LA, our commitment to the people there, as well as those who come through LA, and a commitment to the Olympics,” she said.

The ever-changing emblem succeeds an angelic bid logo unveiled in February 2016 when the city was going for the 2024 Games, along with the slogan, “Follow the Sun.” In July 2017, the IOC made a historic double awarding of the Olympics and Paralympics — to Paris for 2024 and Los Angeles for 2028.

The U.S. will host its first Olympics and Paralympics since 2002 (and first Summer Games since 1996), ending its longest drought between hosting the Games since the 28-year gap between 1932 and 1960.

Delta began an eight-year Olympic partnership in 2021, becoming the official airline of Team USA and the 2028 Los Angeles Games.

Athletes flew to this year’s Winter Games in Beijing on chartered Delta flights and will do so for every Games through at least 2028.

Previously, Delta sponsored the last two Olympics held in the U.S. — the 1996 Atlanta Games and the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games.

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