Deen prepares for first appearance of bobsleigh season

Deen prepares for first appearance of bobsleigh season
By Sportsbeat

18/11/2017 at 19:33

Lamin Deen will make his first appearance of the new bobsleigh season as the World Cup rolls into Park City.

Sochi Olympian Deen joins Brad Hall in piloting the two four-man British sleds and will line up with Toby Olubi, Joel Fearon and Ben Simons, while Hall heads up a team of Sam Blanchet, Judah Simpson and Greg Cackett on Friday.

One change in both quartets for Saturday's race sees Andrew Matthews come in for Fearon, who, alongside Bruce Tasker, will switch in for Blanchet and Simpson to complete Hall's four in a repeat of February's World Championship team in Konigssee.

After an impressive eighth place finish in the two-man bobsleigh event in Lake Placid, Mica Moore and Mica McNeill will look to close the gap on a wider podium place and GB Bobsleigh performance director Chris Price is looking forward to seeing what they can achieve.

"The women's team performed very well last time out, with Mica producing two really consistent drives, and they will be looking to build on a really positive platform from Placid," he said.

"While the two-man results last week weren't what we were looking for, there were some encouraging signs, particularly when it came to our start times.

"With the four-man races having been cancelled in Lake Placid, we have a group of athletes who are chomping at the bit to get back racing.

"Training has gone well and we've got some real strength in depth, which makes team selections particularly tough."

Meanwhile in the skeleton, Lizzy Yarnold matched her World Championship performance claiming bronze in Lake Placid last week behind Janine Flock and Elizabeth Vathje, while Laura Deas finished fifth and Youth Olympic champion Ashleigh Pittaway 21st.

The men's skeleton squad also had a solid first outing with Dom Parsons, Jerry Rice and Jack Thomas earning 12th, 15th and 28th place respectively.

GB Skeleton head of performance Danny Holdcroft was pleased with his team's first outing but is conscious that individual athletes need to take it up a gear ahead of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics next year.

"It was a solid performance as a whole last week," he said.

"Ultimately, it is about enabling an athlete to deliver their optimum on a given day and then being consistent across the season.

"If we can achieve that with all six World Cup athletes then it will be another good part of the plan completed." Sportsbeat 2017