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Howard Siler dies at 69; Olympic bobsledder coached Jamaican team
Howard Siler dies at 69; Olympic bobsledder coached Jamaican team

Olympic bobsledder Howard Siler didn't much appreciate the way he was portrayed by John Candy in the 1993 movie "Cool Runnings." Candy acted his part as a fumbling, washed-up rube who sought redemption by coaching four ice-wary Jamaican athletes to compete as an Olympic bobsled team. "He was disappointed that Disney decided to make the movie a sort of comical situation as opposed to how serious their accomplishments were," said his wife, Debra Shea Siler. "There were scenes that made them look cutesy, silly. "Howard said the guys were fun and easygoing, but they were serious, which is the reason he accepted the job. And they were committed with more...

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