Winston Watts, who gained fame by bobsledding in his fourth Olympics for Jamaica in Sochi, will film a scene for Dwyane “The Rock” Johnson‘s HBO series “Ballers,” according to the Miami Herald.
The series chronicles stories of former and current football players, according to the newspaper. Johnson played football at the University of Miami. Watts, a 47-year-old who made his Olympic debut at Lillehammer 1994, does not have a football background.
“I’m hoping in the future that I get more movie scenes,” Watts said, according to the newspaper. “I will dedicate myself to do a lot more movies. It doesn’t matter what movie it is. I’m a very flexible person.”
In Sochi, Watts drove the Jamaican two-man sled to 29th place in a field of 29 finishers. Watts said last fall that he was no longer part of the Jamaican bobsled program but hadn’t officially retired.
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The return of the Jamaican bobsled team to the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi marks another chapter in the country’s long history with the Olympics.
Established as a powerful Summer Games force in track and field, the island nation is now being represented for the sixth time at the Winter Games in bobsled.
So far, it hasn’t been a smooth comeback for them on the ice, as driver Winston Watts and brakeman Marvin Dixon currently sit 30th and in last place going into today’s final day of two-man action (WATCH LIVE at 9:30 a.m. ET).
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Nonetheless, a number of their worldwide legion of fans have been cheering them on in Sochi with green, gold and black gear in hand.
Over on NBCOlympics.com, Ato Boldon takes a look at the Jamaican bobsled phenomenon and then chats with Matt Lauer about what it’ll take to make the team more competitive internationally.
You can also watch Watts and Dixon take a run at Sanki Sliding Center that’s set to the team’s new anthem, “The Bobsled Song,” which is not only insanely catchy but is actually synced up with the 17-turn course.
Feel the rhythm. Feel the rhyme. And kiss your lucky egg.
UPDATE (8 p.m. ET): Crisis over for the Jamaican bobsled team, which has managed to get hold of its missing luggage and equipment this evening. The team confirmed the good news on their official Twitter account with the message: “Have no fear, our gear is safe.”
After qualifying for the Sochi Olympics and then having to raise $80,000 just to make the trip, the Jamaican bobsled team arrived in Russia but were unable to begin training today because of the missing items. According to the Associated Press, that luggage included the runners for the country’s two-man sled.
Watts indicated that he would have to borrow equipment from other nations if their gear didn’t arrive soon.
“We have a lot guys who’s going to help us,” he said according to USA Today. “They want to help us.”
Prior to heading for Sochi, the team had been training at their American base in Wyoming and Utah, where they also made a stop at the Sundance Film Festival to promote their run to the Olympics.
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The program, made famous by the 1993 Disney film “Cool Runnings,” had to drum up that aforementioned sum of $80,000 following their qualification in the two-man event. In two days, fans from around the world had thrown in more than $120,000 before crowd funding was stopped.
Sochi will mark the sixth Winter Olympics that has featured the Jamaican bobsled team. The best bobsled finish for the country overall is a 14th-place effort in the four-man at the 1994 Lillehammer Games. In its most recent Olympic appearance, Jamaica placed 28th in the two-man at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games.