Mirela Rahneva

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Mirela Rahneva
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Rahneva at the 2017 World Cup in Lake Placid
Personal information
Born (1988-07-26) 26 July 1988 (age 30)
Ruse, Bulgaria
ResidenceOttawa, Ontario[1]
Alma materUniversity of Guelph
Height165 cm (5 ft 5 in)
Weight65 kg (143 lb)
Country Canada
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals12th (Pyeongchang 2018)

Mirela "Mimi" Rahneva (born 26 July 1988 in Ruse, Bulgaria) is a Canadian skeleton racer. Her family immigrated to Canada in 1997; her father, Stoyan, was a competitive gymnast, and her mother was an elite sprinter. After playing rugby in high school and at the University of Guelph, she began competing in skeleton in 2012 and was selected to the Canadian national team in 2016.[1] She is coached by Quin Sekulich and rides a Bromley sled.[2] She was named one of the three women to represent Canada in skeleton at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang[3] after earning eighth on the World Cup season standings for 2017–18.[4]

Notable results[edit]

Rahneva's best finish on the World Cup circuit was at St. Moritz in January 2017, her first season on the World Cup, which she won by a remarkable 1.83 seconds.[5] Prior to entering top-level competition, she won the overall North American Cup for 2015. She finished in eighth place at the IBSF World Championships 2017 in Königssee, and was part of a team that finished ninth at the combined bobsleigh-skeleton team competition at the same championships.

Personal life[edit]

Rahneva is currently in a relationship with American bobsledder Justin Olsen.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Mirela Rahneva". Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton. Retrieved 2017-12-19.
  2. ^ "Mirela RAHNEVA". International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation. Retrieved 2017-12-13.
  3. ^ "Canadian bobsleigh and skeleton athletes nominated for 2018 Olympic Winter Games" (Press release). Canadian Olympic Committee. January 24, 2018. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  4. ^ "Standings (2017/2018) (Women's skeleton) (BMW IBSF World Cup)". International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  5. ^ Stahlhacke, Angela (13 December 2017). "Media Guide Athletes: Skeleton — Innsbruck (AUT)" (PDF). International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation. Retrieved 2017-12-18.
  6. ^ "Days after losing his appendix, Justin Olsen is happy to be back in his bobsled". The Washington Post. February 18, 2018. Retrieved February 25, 2018.

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