Nicola Minichiello

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Nicola Minichiello
Personal information
Birth name Nicola Gautier
Born 21 March 1978 (1978-03-21) (age 36)

Nicola Minichiello (born Nicola Gautier on 21 March 1978) is a retired British bobsledder who has competed between 2001 and 2011. She won two medals in the two-woman event at the FIBT World Championships winning a silver in (2005) and making history with a gold in (2009) by becoming the first British female Bobsleigh Driver to win a World Championships.

Competing in three Winter Olympics, Minichiello earned her best finish of ninth in the two-woman event at Turin in 2006. This was also the best ever Olympic result by a GB women’s bobsleigh team.

Nicola was supported through the Bromley Technologies 'Formula Ice 2010' project alongside skeleton bobsleigh athletes Shelley Rudman and Kristan Bromley.

Before taking up bobsleigh, Nicola had competed (under her maiden name of Gautier) for Sheffield Athletic Club at shot, javelin and heptathlon. Her lifetime best for the heptathlon was 5784 points, which she achieved in Austria in 2001.[1] While competing in athletics, Nicola met and married Toni Minichiello, coach of world and Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis.[2] When not Bobsledding, Nicola worked as a part-time P.E. teacher and also as an athlete mentor for the Youth Sport trust. It was announced on 10 August 2010 that Minichiello would miss the 2010-11 Bobsleigh World Cup, including the FIBT World Championships 2011, to a knee injury. Subsequently in April 2011 Minichiello announced her retirement as a driver and took up a position as head development coach at the sport's governing body, the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation (French: Fédération Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing).[3]

In August 2012, she became the head of performance for the Netherlands Olympic Bobsleigh team, becoming the first woman to head a Winter Olympic sports organisation.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nicola Gautier profile". thepowerof10.info. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Harvey, Chris (28 January 2012). "Fire and ice: British women go for bobsleigh gold at Winter Olympics in Vancouver". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Bobsleigher Nicola Minichiello announces retirement". BBC.co.uk. 18 April 2011. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Nicola Minichiello aims to change 'old-school' bobsleigh attitudes". BBC.co.uk. 22 May 2012. 

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