Nicola Minichiello, Britain’s most successful female Bobsleigh driver, is to retire.
Sheffield’s 2009-10 World Bobsleigh Champion, is to take up a role with the International Bobsleigh Federation as their Head Development Coach, working with the international youth programme where she will be sharing her skills, knowledge and experience.
Having achieved all her competitive bobsleigh goals Minichiello has decided to consider and pursue other opportunities.
She said: “There comes a time in every athlete’s career when they have to consider retirement. I’ve been involved in elite sport for over 17 years and for me this is a decision that I have thought long and hard about.’’
“Throughout my 10 year career in bobsleigh I’ve experienced many achievements however becoming World Champion was truly the highlight. During this time I’m delighted to have worked with so many great individuals, organisations and sponsors, to you and to my family, fans and supporters, thank you.”
Nicola has been a pioneer and leading member of the Great Britain Bobsleigh team since 2001 and she has continually pushed the barriers in terms of what is expected from an athlete from a non-alpine nation.
She has been the British No1 driver for the past nine years and competed in the last three Winter Olympic Games. In the 2005 World Championships Nicola created history by winning a silver medal, however she went one step further four years later winning gold and becoming Britain’s first female World Champion. She is widely recognised throughout the world as the most successful British bobsleigh athlete of the modern era.