Beer company Red Stripe bought the Jamaican bobsled team's $50,000 sled so that they wouldn't lose it when their coach left the Olympics

Scott Davis
Business Insider UK
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  • The Jamaican women's bobsled team were left without a sled when their coach left the team.

  • Beer company Red Stripe stepped in and offered to get the team a new sled, which can cost tens of thousands of dollars.

  • Instead, Red Stripe bought out the sled from their former coach for $50,000.

The Jamaican women's bobsled team faced a dilemma when their coach suddenly left the team at the Winter Olympics.

Under somewhat confusing circumstances, their coach, Sandra Kiriasis, quit after allegedly being reassigned from coach to track performance analyst, which she said would have kept her from the team. The Jamaican Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, however, said that Kiriasis "elected" to leave the team and they were disappointed with her decision.

Upon leaving, Kiriasis said she had leased the team's sled from a contact in Germany, and although it was for the Jamaican team, she had signed the lease herself, making her legally and financially responsible for the sled. She reportedly would not return it unless the team paid for the sled.

That's when beer company Red Stripe stepped in and saved the day. Red Stripe, the No. 1 beer in Jamaica, first tweeted at the team.

Tweet Embed:
No bobsled, no problem. If you need a new ride @Jambobsled, put it on @RedStripe’s tab. DM us and we’ll be in touch ]]>👌🍻🚨🚨🍻

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