Shannon Abeda has put Hollywood on edge with the perfect script for a Cool Runnings sequel.

Skier Abeda became the first Eritrean to compete in the Winter Olympics in 2018, finishing a distant 61st in the giant slalom, nearly 20 seconds from a medal.

He is now back in Beijing for another attempt, but in four years he wants to trade his skis for a bobsled.

He said, “I love Cool Runnings, it’s my favorite movie and if Jamaica can do it, why can’t Eritrea?

“I trained a bit in bobsleigh before the Covid and I think it’s doable, it’s my dream.

“I want to be able to share this experience with another Eritrean athlete, it would be very special for our country.”

There are only six African athletes at these Games, Ghanaian Carlos Maeder, Nigerian Samuel Ikpefan, Moroccan Yassine Aouich and Malagasy Mathieu Neumuller and Mialitiana Clerc complete the continent’s contingent.

Abeda, whose parents fled Eritrea for Canada during its independence war with Ethiopia, had planned to leave it four years ago, following a series of injuries.

But the death of a close friend forced him to reassess himself, targeting Olympic ambitions in China and beyond.

“Two months before the Olympics in Korea, I broke my jaw and after the Games I had seven operations,” he added.

“I tore most of the ligaments in my left knee, broke my tibia and had several concussions.

“There were a lot of things that made it difficult to come back and I’m very surprised it worked out. Physically I’m in the best shape of my life now and I’m proud of what I’ve achieved.

“I lost a friend who meant a lot to me. He had an aneurysm in his sleep. His death scared me a bit. He was very young, younger than me, and his death let me start to look at the regrets in my life.

“One of the regrets I had was quitting after the last Olympics. I’m in a better position mentally and physically for these Games, so I want to do what I know I can do.”

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