Jamaica’s Women’s Bobsleigh Coach Quits
The coach for Jamaica’s first ever female Winter Olympics team- Sandra Kiriasis has quit just days before the team is scheduled to compete.
According to BBC Sport, Kiriasis quit after declining to change roles from driving coach to track performance analyst, which would have given her no access to the athletes.
A segment from a social media post today by the Jamaica Bobsled Team reads:
Driving Coach, Kiriasis has elected not to continue with her position with Jamaica Bobsleigh. We are deeply disappointed in her decision to leave the program. We thank her for her invaluable contribution to JBSF and contributing to the success of Jamaica’s first female bobsled Olympic appearance. Ms. Kiriasis’s departure will not impact JBSF or its athlete’s performance in the OWG”.
Kiriasis is quoted by BBC Sport as saying:
“I have never known such disappointment in this sport, in my life. The athletes have told me they don’t understand why this has happened as they have no problem with me and we have a good relationship.”
The German national is among the most highly regarded bobsledders of all time.
She earned a silver medal at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and won gold at the 2006 Turin Olympics in the two-woman bobsled.
She has also won 13 medals (7 golds) at the World Championships during her illustrious career.
Jamaica’s women’s team is scheduled to begin official training on Saturday before their heats on Tuesday and Wednesday.
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