Fans Of Jamaican Bobsled Team Raise Funds

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They appealed for money online raising more than $100,000. Maybe that generosity got Jamaica's Olympic Council in the giving mood because the council said it will pay the bobsled team's travel expenses.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And our last word in business this morning: Cool Runnings.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "COOL RUNNINGS")

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: (as character) I'm here to offer you an opportunity of a lifetime. We're looking for a sponsor for the first Jamaican bobsled team.

(LAUGHTER)

MONTAGNE: That's a line from the movie about the Jamaican bobsled team that went to the Olympics in 1988

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The heroes of the movie "Cool Runnings" raised money by singing in the streets and setting up a kissing. But they did not have the Internet.

MONTAGNE: Fans of this year's Jamaican bobsled team do. They appealed for money online - crowdfunding, as it's called - raising more than $100,000.

Maybe that generosity got Jamaica's Olympic Council in the giving mood because the council said it will pay the bobsled team's travel expenses. The teams says it can now save the money raised online to spend in non-Olympic years.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "COOL RUNNINGS")

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: (as character) Get on up, bobsled guys. Cool runnings....

MONTAGNE: And that's the business news from MORNING EDITION on NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

INSKEEP: And I'm Steve Inskeep.

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