Bolt in a bobsleigh? Call me, says Jamaican Watts

Thu Feb 6, 2014 6:38am EST
 
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By Justin Palmer

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - Winston Watts is soaking up every moment of his latest Olympic experience with the world fascinated by the resurrection of Jamaican bobsleigh, but a phone call from Usain Bolt would be the icing on the cake.

"Usain is a busy guy - he doesn't have my number. If a text comes in it will be a surprise. I'd love to know that he is behind us," two-man pilot Watts told reporters after their first unofficial practice at the Sanki Sliding Centre on Thursday.

The world's fastest man has expressed a desire to play cricket and football but Watts said the sprinter could try out for his team if he ever tired of dominating the track.

"He would be a very good pusher but he is not the kind of person who likes cold. He has definitely said that.

"It would be awesome to have him on my team because, you know, a strong guy like me, and Bolt who is very fast ... can you imagine ... A good combination."

The chatty Jamaican was pleased to announce that the team's missing luggage and equipment, missing en route to Sochi, had arrived late on Wednesday - but not quite in the shape they had packed it.

"It was full of protein powder (that had spilled in the container)," the 46-year-old said. "My helmet that I was wearing today, I had protein in my eyes."

While Watts did not have to rely on borrowed gear the now four-time Olympian admitted to a "few butterflies" and feeling a "little shaky" on their first run after clocking the slowest time in practice.   Continued...

 
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt gestures before competing in a race against a public bus during a demonstration event in Buenos Aires December 14, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci