Sandra Kiriasis, a world, European and Olympic champion as a competitor, "elected not to continue her position" as driver coach to the Jamaican women's team days before the start of competition at the Pyeongchang Olympics, the Jamaica Bobsleigh (JBSF) announced.
Sled or no sled, Kiriasis' resignation as coach reportedly stems from her refusal to accept a move from driving coach to track performance analyst, which would have meant no access to bobsledders Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian and Carrie Russell. "We thank her for her invaluable contribution to JBSF and contributing to the success of Jamaica's first female bobsled Olympic appearance". As if a coach quitting isn't bad enough, there's an even worse snag: Kiriasis apparently owned the team's sled. We are deeply disappointed in her decision to leave the program.
Per BBC Sport, Kiriasis said the following regarding the situation: "I have never known such disappointment in this sport, in my life. The athletes have told me they don't understand why this has happened as they have no problem with me and we have a good relationship".
"If you come on the team you have to be a team player".
The debutants are set to begin their official training runs on Saturday before the competition heats on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Their exploits led to the 1994 Disney film Cool Runnings starring John Candy.
The movie loosely tells the story of Dudley Stokes, Devon Harris, Michael White and Nelson Stokes - the four men who rode in the sled at the Calgary Games.
Kiriasis is a veteran of the bobsled circuit, owning a gold medal from the 2006 Olympics in Turin and a silver from 2002 in Salt Lake City. Her experience was likely a boon for the rookies as they made history qualifying for the Games. "I never dreamed that I would become a bobsled athlete".