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British Bobsleigh Association
Lamin Deen closing in on Bobsleigh World Cup medal
Lamin Deen is moving closer to a Bobsleigh World Cup medal Lamin Deen is moving closer to a Bobsleigh World Cup medal Lamin Deen came up an agonising 0.04 seconds short last weekend in his quest to complete an improbable journey from the gang-plagued streets of Manchester's Moss Side to a Bobsleigh World Cup podium. Deen, whose transformation from childhood troublemaker to Winter Olympian began when he quit college to join the Grenadier Guards at the age of 15, seemed very much the bit-part player in Sochi in 2014 when he and his four-man crew trailed in 19th. Deen told Press Association Sport: "I was told when I first started that it takes between eight and 10 years to become a world-class pilot and although I didn't believe it at first it is true - and I have still got a lot of learning to do. Lamin Deen closing in on Bobsleigh World Cup medal
British Bobsleigh pilot Lamin Deen will lead both the GBR 1 two-man and GBR 2 four-man teams at the Sochi Winter Olympics Lamin Deen's life story could be a movie script. Continue reading the main story "Unlike some of my friends who didn't choose the right route, I got out at a crucial time" Lamin Deen "There were hard times and I could have gone down the wrong road," said Deen, who has several childhood friends who have spent significant time in jail. "Fortunately I joined the military and they moulded me and turned me into the person I am today." Lamin Deen Lamin Deen working for the Grenadier Guards and during active service on tour with the military. Deen's family herald from Sierra Leone, but the athlete himself was born in London and moved to Manchester's then notorious Moss Side area at the age of nine. He recalls earning a little pocket money by offering to 'protect' the cars of Manchester City fans who parked in his neighbourhood - a short distance from the club's previous Maine Road home. However, this was not an entirely altruistic act. "Lets just say there was a penalty if they didn't pay," he says. Lamin Deen Aged 15 years and 9 months, Deen quit Stockport College a month into his first term and joined the military. "It was by far harder than anything I had done in my life," he said. Lamin Deen and John Baines "I've competed with Deano [Lamin Deen] throughout the season in both the two and four-man events and I'm confident we can perform well together," said John Baines. Deen avoided a tour of Afghanistan after being talent-spotted at a military sports event where he was competing in the 200m sprint. Quick athletes often find a home in bobsleigh teams around around the world and this was to be the case for Deen who was was fast-tracked into the British set-up in 2007. After his experiences during active service you would imagine life as a professional bobsleigher would have been light relief - not so according to Deen. "What makes bobsleigh so difficult is the unpredictability," he tells BBC Sport. "In the military there are commands and procedures but when you're out on the ice anything can happen." His day-to-day role with the Grenadier Guards has seen him involved in 'Trooping the Colour' on numerous occasions, but combining this with training was difficult and he missed out on selection for the 2010 Vancouver Games. "I was watching it on my sofa in Manchester and that's where I made the decision I had to go to the next Olympics," said Deen. Lamin Deen "It was certainly a race I will never forget," he recalls. "My heart is broken for Craig," Deen admitted. Deen is one of only a handful of black athletes to compete for Team GB at a Winter Olympics and he hopes that by taking part in the Games he can help boost participation. Deen is unsure what his long-term future holds and could return to the military full-time once the Games are over. All the more reason he says to enjoy this experience to the full. Deen and Baines will begin their two-man campaign at 16:15 GMT on Sunday. Deen seals Olympic bobsleigh berth 19 Jan 2014 Bobsleigh Deen seals Olympic bobsleigh berth 19 Jan 2014 Bobsleigh
Lamin Deen, 2 Man Bobsleigh Driver TeamGB, can steer sponsors into the golden pages of sporting glory
Lamin Deen is a Team GB Bobsleigh athlete. He is still a serving member of the 1st Grenadier Guards (sergeant) and represents Great Britain as driver of the two man Bobsleigh. His goal is to win GOLD at the Winter Olympics 2014 and he is looking for a sponsor to join him on a journey of success and achievement. Lamin served in Bosnia, Iraq and Northern Ireland and is a physical training instructor for the Grenadier Guards. He achieved this by not only being a fit and capable Soldier but also because of his sporting excellence. Lamin Deen joined the British Bobsleigh Squad in 2006. He quickly progressed as brakeman in both two and four men teams. In 2010, he was involved in a serious crash at 96.5 mph and was unable to compete in the 2010 Olympics. Now fully recovered, Lamin has been promoted to Driver of the two man Bob and competes in both the Europa Cup circuit and the prestigious World Championship, both of which receive extensive TV and media coverage globally, but mainly across Europe. Now Lamin has started his journey in preparation for the Winter Olympics 2014 in Sochi, Russia. The journey is one of hard work, commitment and dedication and will see Lamin win or achieve high positions in the competitions above in preparation for 2014. His only goal is GOLD in 2014. The sponsors will be invited to benefit from this journey in terms of advertising, development of their market appeal, market share and enhanced image. The journey is likely to be carbon neutral if possible and could therefore fit with the sponsor's CSR policy. Also Lamin is able to offer personal appearances, motivational presentations and other business support to the right sponsor. "Why not make a commitment to run parallel with Lamin on this journey, moving your product or company from its current position to number one in 2014, a goal and achievement to be proud of".
Great Britain's Lamin Deen and John Baines finished the day in 23rd place.
Competing 50 years to the day that Tony Nash and Robin Dixon won Olympic gold for Britain, the current GB pair of Deen and Baines know that finishing in the top 20 would be an impressive achievement. "We haven't had long to prepare and still have a few things to work on, but I'm sure we'll be going quicker tomorrow," Deen told BBC Sport.