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PUSHING FOR GLORY: Lamin Deen driving GBR2 in bobsleigh training

TEAM GB’S Winter Olympics bobsleigh team will be lead by a man who is used to military precision.

Grenadier Guardsman Lamin Deen, 37, will pilot the team in PyeongChang, South Korea, and hopes are high that they will bring home gold.

Veteran Deen qualified for the 2014 Winter Olympics in both the two-man (in which he raced with John Baines) and four-man disciplines.


Deen was born in London into a family which originally hailed from Sierra Leone. He moved to Manchester at the age of nine. He grew up in the city’s Moss Side and Withington areas and was a pupil at Burnage High School before joining the Grenadier Guards, serving in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Kosovo. A multi-talented sportsman he has represented the British Army in athletics, boxing and basketball before competing in bobsleigh.

PICTURED: Lamin Deen

Deen scored a new personal best finish in the Bobsleigh World Cup in January 2014 when he (along with Stuart Benson, Bruce Tasker and Joel Fearon) finished in 11th place in the four-man event at a meeting held at the Igls track. Deen finished 19th in the four man event at the 2014 Winter Olympics and 23rd in the two man competition.

Deen followed the well- trodden path from sprinter to bobsleigh athlete and has enjoyed considerable success in his new sport.


At the 2015 World Championships Deen and his team of Ben Simons, Bruce Tasker and Andrew Matthews finished fifth overall. He secured the first major medal of his career with sil- ver in the four-man at the Whistler World Cup in November 2017.

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