Sandra Kiriasis

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Sandra Kiriasis
Sandra Kiriasis bei der Olympia-Einkleidung Erding 2014 (Martin Rulsch) 02.jpg
Personal information
NationalityGerman
Born (1975-01-04) 4 January 1975 (age 43)[1]
Dresden, Saxony,
 East Germany
ResidenceWinterberg[1]
Height1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Weight81 kg (179 lb; 12.8 st)[1]
WebsiteOfficial website (in German)
Sport
Country Germany
SportBobsleigh
Event(s)2-woman
ClubRSG Hochsauerland
Retired2014
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals 1st, gold medalist(s)2nd, silver medalist(s)

Sandra Kiriasis (born 4 January 1975 in Dresden as Sandra Prokoff) is a German retired bobsledder who has competed from 2000 to 2014.

At the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City she won silver in the two-woman event together with teammate Ulrike Holzner. She also competed in the bobsleigh events at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, where Kiriasis (married in late 2004) won gold in the two-woman event with teammate Anja Schneiderheinze. She finished fourth in the two-woman event at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Kiriasis also won eight medals at the FIBT World Championships with five golds (Two-woman: 2005, 2007, 2008; Mixed team: 2007, 2008, 2009) and two silvers (Two-woman: 2003, 2004). She won the overall two-woman Bobsleigh World Cup in 2003-4, 2004–5, 2005–6, 2006-7, 2007-8, 2008-9, 2009–10, 2010–11 and won a record 43 World Cup races in total.

Kiriasis retired from the sport after the 2014 Winter Olympics.[2] In July 2014 Kiriasis joined basketball team Nürnberger BC as a fitness coach.[3] In 2017 she was appointed as driving coach for the Jamaican women's bobsleigh team ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, helping them to qualify for the Olympics for the first time.[4][5] However, she parted company with the Jamaica Bobsleigh Federation days ahead of the start of bobsleigh training at the Games after she was told she would be demoted from her position as driver coach to the role of track and performance analyst.[6][7]


Career highlights[edit]

Olympic Winter Games
2002 – Salt Lake City, 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd with Ulrike Holzner
2006 – Turin, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st with Anja Schneiderheinze
2018 – PyeongChang, Former coach of the women's Jamaican bobsled team.
World Championships
2003 – Winterberg, 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd with Ulrike Holzner
2004 – Königssee, 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd with Anja Schneiderheinze
2005 – Calgary, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st with Anja Schneiderheinze
2007 – St. Moritz, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st with Romy Logsch
2008 – Altenberg, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st with Romy Logsch
European Championships
2005 – Altenberg, 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd with Anja Schneiderheinze
2006 – St. Moritz, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st with Berit Wiacker
2007 – Cortina d'Ampezzo, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st with Romy Logsch
2008 – Cesana, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st with Berit Wiacker
2009 – St. Moritz, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st with Berit Wiacker
World Cup Single Events
2000/2001 – Winterberg, 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd with Daniela Clobes
2000/2001 – Winterberg, 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd with Daniela Clobes
2000/2001 – Igls, 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd with Kerstin Szymkowiak
2000/2001 – Igls, 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd with Kerstin Szymkowiak
2000/2001 – Park City, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st with Ulrike Holzner
2001/2002 – Winterberg, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st with Ulrike Holzner
2001/2002 – Winterberg, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st with Ulrike Holzner
2001/2002 – Königssee, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st with Nicole Herschmann
2001/2002 – Igls, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st with Ulrike Holzner
2001/2002 – Igls, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st with Nicole Herschmann
2001/2002 – Calgary, 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd with Ulrike Holzner
2001/2002 – Calgary, 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd with Ulrike Holzner
2002/2003 – Calgary, 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd with Ulrike Holzner
2002/2003 – Calgary, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st with Ulrike Holzner
2002/2003 – Park City, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st with Nicole Herschmann
2002/2003 – Park City, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st with Ulrike Holzner
2002/2003 – Lake Placid, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st with Ulrike Holzner
2002/2003 – Lake Placid, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st with Nicole Herschmann
2002/2003 – Igls, 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd with Nicole Herschmann
2002/2003 – Igls, 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd with Ulrike Holzner
2003/2004 – Calgary, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st with Anja Schneiderheinze
2003/2004 – Calgary, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st with Janine Tischer
2003/2004 – Lake Placid, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st with Anja Schneiderheinze
2003/2004 – Lake Placid, 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd with Janine Tischer
2003/2004 – Lillehammer, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st with Anja Schneiderheinze
2003/2004 – Lillehammer, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st with Berit Wiacker
2004/2005 – Winterberg, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st with Anja Schneiderheinze
2004/2005 – Altenberg, 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd with Anja Schneiderheinze
2004/2005 – Igls, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st with Berit Wiacker
2004/2005 – Cortina d'Ampezzo, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st with Berit Wiacker
2004/2005 – Cesana, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st with Berit Wiacker
2004/2005 – Lake Placid, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st with Anja Schneiderheinze
2005/2006 – Calgary, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st with Anja Schneiderheinze
2005/2006 – Lake Placid, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st with Anja Schneiderheinze
2005/2006 – Igls, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st with Berit Wiacker
2005/2006 – Cortina d'Ampezzo, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st with Anja Schneiderheinze
2005/2006 – Königssee, 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd with Anja Schneiderheinze
2005/2006 – St. Moritz, 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd with Berit Wiacker
2006/2007 – Calgary, 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd with Romy Logsch
2006/2007 – Lake Placid, 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd with Anja Schneiderheinze
2006/2007 – Cortina d'Ampezzo, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st with Romy Logsch
2006/2007 – Igls, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st with Anja Schneiderheinze
2006/2007 – Cesana, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st with Anja Schneiderheinze
2006/2007 – Winterberg, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st with Romy Logsch
2006/2007 – Königssee, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st with Berit Wiacker
2007/2008 – Calgary, 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd with Berit Wiacker
2007/2008 – Park City, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st with Romy Logsch
2007/2008 – Lake Placid, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st with Romy Logsch
2007/2008 – Cortina d'Ampezzo, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st with Romy Logsch
2007/2008 – Cesana, 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd with Berit Wiacker
2007/2008 – St. Moritz, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st with Romy Logsch
2007/2008 – Königssee, 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd with Berit Wiacker
2007/2008 – Winterberg, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st with Berit Wiacker
2008/2009 – Winterberg, 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd with Romy Logsch
2008/2009 – Altenberg, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st with Berit Wiacker
2008/2009 – Igls, 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd with Romy Logsch
2008/2009 – Königssee, 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd with Romy Logsch
2008/2009 – St. Moritz, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st with Berit Wiacker
2008/2009 – St. Moritz, 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st with Berit Wiacker
2008/2009 – Park City, 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd with Patricia Polifka

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d FIBT-Bobsleigh profile, accessed December 9, 2010
  2. ^ "Kiriasis kritisiert Bob-Verband für Machata-Sperre: "Beschämend und lächerlich"" [Kiriasis criticised Bobsleigh Association for Machata ban: "Shameful and Ridiculous"]. Freie Presse (Saxony) (in German). 4 March 2014. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Sandra Kiriasis bringt Nürnbergs Basketballer in Form" [Sandra Kiriasis brings Nuremberg Basketball players into shape]. 2. Basketball Bundesliga (in German). 25 July 2014. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  4. ^ Scott, Livingston (13 December 2017). "Bobsleigh Team Has Top Level Support". Jamaica Gleaner. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  5. ^ Keyser, Hannah (16 January 2018). "Thirty Years After Cool Runnings, Jamaican Women Qualify For Olympic Bobsled". Deadspin. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  6. ^ Thompson, Anna (14 February 2018). "Winter Olympics: Jamaica's women's bobsleigh coach Sandra Kiriasis quits". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  7. ^ Grohmann, Karolos (15 February 2018). Stutchbury, Greg, ed. "Bobsleigh: No reason given for my Jamaica team demotion, says Kiriasis". reuters.com. Retrieved 25 February 2018.