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Lascelles Brown (Canada), bobsleigh, silver in 2006, bronze in 2010

Remember the movie Cool Runnings? You can bet Lascelles Brown does. In fact, you can almost guarantee someone mentions it as soon as he brings up his occupation and his birthplace. Starting off as part of the Jamaican Bobsled team from 1999 to 2004, Brown set a new track push record at the 2002 Winter Olympics. He continued his training in Canada, met his future wife and applied for citizenship. The papers came through just before the 2006 Olympics where he took home a bronze medal for Canada, becoming the first Jamaican-born Winter Olympic medalist. Six years later, he scooped the silver.

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