Week 14 – Cool Runnings
I chose to watch Cool Runnings for our assignment this week for a few different reasons:
1. The attempt to catch the Jamaican accent provides me with much amusement (I am Jamaican)
2. I enjoyed seeing (again) well-known Jamaicans in the movie
3. My girls had not seen it and I thought it was a good idea for them to see it, since one was born in Jamaica and the other is part-Jamaican by virtue of my being Jamaican
4. I have a personal “link” to the story. The husband of a dear friend of one of my sisters was on that first bobsled team.
Watching the movie through MKMMA eyes was interesting, not because I saw anything different than the first time, but because I was NAMING what I had seen the first time.
Derice, Sanka, Junior and Yul Brenner form an unlikely mastermind as the team being coached by Irv Blitzer. Throughout the movie, Blitzer kept the team together, of one mind, in harmony, much like Mark and Davene have done for the past 14 weeks of our MKMMA journey.
While Blitzer had already been an Olympian who cheated in the Olympics and brought disgrace to himself, his team and his country, three of the four team members (Derice, Junior and Brenner) had already determined that they were destined to be Olympians. The path that eventually led to them being in the Olympics was very different to what they originally thought, but that focus, that intention, that Definite Major Purpose (DMP), had already been set. When the original method did not live up to their intention, they found another method to fulfill their DMP.
No matter how difficult the journey was – finding money for the airline tickets, sled and other things necessary for the bid to go to the Olympics – the determination and the positive mental attitude of the team and their coach got them through. Even as the guys ridicule Brenner for wanting to live in Buckingham Palace, Junior tells Brenner to stay positive, dream and work so he can get his palace.
Determined to achieve their DMP, the guys woke up early to train, ran in cold weather which they were unused to, and did whatever their coach told them they needed to do. Derice gave up time with the others so that he could study the curves of the track, and run through movements, etc in his head.
There was even a bit of the Guy In The Glass – at the honky-tonk bar where the Germans belittled the Jamaicans, Brenner had a talk with Junior where he had Junior look into the mirror while Brenner told his teammate that he saw greatness in him. Later on in the movie, when Junior’s father traveled to Calgary to demand that Junior return home, the talk Brenner had given to Junior enabled Junior to tell his father that he was staying to compete with his team.
All in all, it was a fun and inspiring movie to watch that cemented the things that we have been learning in MKMMA.
Please note, though, that there is very little in the movie Cool Runnings that is actually based on the events that led to Jamaica’s first bobsled team competing. Just so you know. 😉 And “cool runnings” does not mean “peace be the journey”; it means “everything is fine/ok”.