Chris Stokes (bobsledder)

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Chris Stokes
Personal information
Full nameNelson Christian Stokes
Born (1963-11-12) 12 November 1963 (age 55)
Saint Andrew Parish, Jamaica
Height1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
Weight90 kg (200 lb)[1]
Country Jamaica
TeamJamaican Bobsleigh
Achievements and titles
Olympic finalsOlympic rings without rims.svg
Highest world ranking14th (1994)

Nelson Christian 'Chris' Stokes has been an active member of the Jamaican Bobsleigh Team since its inception in 1988.[2]

Stokes was a successful track and field athlete, and after his associate degree from Bronx Community College, he was awarded an athletic scholarship to the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho.[2] After finishing a bachelor's degree in finance (cum laude) at the U of I, he went on to earn an MBA from nearby Washington State University in Pullman and a masters in Banking (with honors) from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C..[3]

While in graduate school at WSU, he tried out for the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, and ended up in the Winter Olympics at Calgary.[2]

His day job is as Vice President of Business Development at the Victoria Mutual Building Society. Stokes married Kayon Elizabeth Smith on 18 March 2006.[4]


Chris along with his brother Dudley Stokes competed in four separate winter Olympics.[5]

  • 1988 – Competed in the Four-man event
  • 1992 – 36th place in the Two-man event
  • 1992 – 25th place in the Four-man event
  • 1994 – 14th place in the Four-man event
  • 1998 – 21st place in the Four-man event

In addition to his Olympic competition, Chris Stokes has been president of the Jamaica Bobsleigh Federation since 1995. He wrote Cool Runnings and Beyond – The Story of the Jamaica Bobsleigh Team (ISBN 1-58982-082-7) about his team's Olympic competition. This book was the basis of the film Cool Runnings.


  1. ^ "Chris Stokes". SR Olympic Sports.
  2. ^ a b c London, Bill (9 March 1988). "Stokes takes a break for Olympics". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1D.
  3. ^ "Introducing Chris Stokes". Du Plain International Speakers Bureau. 2008. Archived from the original on 9 August 2010.
  4. ^ Housen, Claudine (3 April 2006). "A south coast wedding to remember". Jamaica Gleaner. Archived from the original on 17 June 2012.
  5. ^ Todor Krastev (5 February 2012). "Bobsleigh Fours XVI Winter Olympic Games 1994 Albertville (FRA) – 15,16.02". Retrieved 4 February 2014.