That difference is made up in the exchange zone - the 30 metres in which athletes transfer the baton. The receiving athlete has 10 metres to accelerate, and then there’s a 20 metre space in which the baton must change hands completely. Athletes are chosen with great care to fulfil the varied demands of each of the four legs, something achieved with enormous success in 2012: Blake’s run was an exhibition in perfect bend execution, whilst Bolt’s anchor leg saw him streak past Ryan Bailey of the United States to break the Jamaican team’s own record.
Irving Blitzer disgraced himself when putting extra weights into his team's bob in the Olympics, resulting in his gold medal being taken away from him. Years later, Derice Bannock, son of a former friend of Irv, fails to qualify for the 100-yard sprint for the Olympics due to a stupid accident. But when he hears of Irving Blitzer living also on Jamaica, Derice decides to go to the Games anyway, if not as a sprinter, then as a bobsledder. After some starting problems, the first Jamaican bobsledding team is formed and heads for Calgary. In the freezing weather Derice, Sanka, Junior and Yul are only laughed at, since nobody can take a Jamaican bobsledding team led by a disgraced trainer seriously. But team spirit and a healthy self-confidence may lead to a few surprises in the upcoming Winter Games. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@>