Jamaica made its first appearance at the Summer Olympics in 1948. In that first appearance, our athletes took home 1 gold and 2 silver medals. Since that first appearance, Jamaica has been present at every Summer Olympics (including our attendance as part of the British West Indies team in 1960). Except for the Olympic years of 1956 and 1964, our athletes have taken home at least one medal. Our National Anthem has been played for the world 23 times and our National Flag has been raised 84 times during medal presentations since our Independence on August 6, 1962.
Competing at the Olympics is no joke!
I saw an Instagram post a few days ago that said:
“Imagine the Olympics[,] but instead of it being world class athletes, it’s just random people who get selected. Like you get a letter informing you [that] you’ve been selected for the national gymnastics team and you just have to do it.” - @santiagomayer_