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Jamaican Bobsledders’ Training Disrupted by Powder in Helmet

Jamaican Bobsled Pilot Winston Watts
Winston Watts of Jamaica pilots the men's two man bobsled during practice ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Sanki Sliding Center in Sochi on Feb. 6, 2014. Photographer: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Feb. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Jamaica’s Olympic bobsled team was able to train today after recovering equipment lost on a Delta Air Lines Inc. flight, although a security check caused more disruption for the duo.

Some of their items were covered in protein powder after a member of security staff opened their luggage and failed to reseal a container holding the substance, bobsled pilot Winston Watts told reporters today.

“We got our clothes but it was full of protein powder,” Watts said at the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. “The containers were sealed and they left them open. In my helmet today I had protein powder going into my eyes.”

The Caribbean island nation qualified for the two-man event last month after a 12-year absence. The team is led by 46-year-old Watts, a veteran driver who took part in Salt Lake City in 2002, and anchored by Marvin Dixon, 30. The pair were unable to train yesterday and planned to borrow items from rivals, including Canada.

The men missed a connecting flight from New York to Moscow because of bad weather, brakeman Dixon said today. They recovered the equipment at about 11 p.m. yesterday.

“We switched flights in New York,” Dixon said in an interview at the athletes’ village. “It was nature, we couldn’t land and we were circling and circling. A Jamaican lady working at Delta booked us another flight and we were finally on the road.”

Dixon is competing at his first Winter Games. Watts first took part at the 1994 games in Lillehammer, six years after Jamaica’s debut at the Calgary event inspired the 1993 movie “Cool Runnings,” which made $68.8 million at the U.S. box office.

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