Over te holidays, I had a chance to watch COOL RUNNINGS. What a great movie! I had seen it before many years ago, but this time I watched with different eyes. The story is about a young Jamaican sprinter named Dorice who has a dream of going to the Olympics and follow in his father’s footsteps. On the day of the trials in the final heat there is an accident and he along with 2 other runners get disqualified even though Dorice is favoured to win.
Up to this point, Dorice has been practicing for what seems like his entire life with only one though on his mind – that of going to the Olympics to compete. After he is disqualified he pleads with the organizer to give him another chance but is told he will have to wait for 4 years. However you can see in his eyes that he can’t wait that long. Since one door has closed for him his persistence forces him to open another door. He ends up finding an older fellow and wants to help him fulfill his dream of coaching a Jamaican bobsled team.
Dorice then goes on to recruit fellow team mates to form a mastermind alliance who are all aligned to the same purpose and willing to help each other. Once the team arrives in Calgary for the Olympics they are ridiculed for wanting to compete as bob sledders. This is a sport that Jamaica traditionally did not compete in. Despite the challenges, Dorice and his team mates manage to qualify and go on to race in the Olympics. During their final run, their bobsled has a technical malfunction and they end up crashing short of the finish which causes them to disqualify. However, their persistence to complete what they started forces them to pick up their sled and walk the last dozen meters to the finish line. As they walk everyone cheers them on, acknowledging their burning desire to be at the Olympics.
Had Dorice not had that burning desire from the beginning he would have quit long ago. Because of his vision, he got to the Olympics one way or another!