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www.bbc.co.uk, 5 Feb 2014 [cached]
Lamin Deen
British Bobsleigh pilot Lamin Deen will lead both the GBR 1 two-man and GBR 2 four-man teams at the Sochi Winter Olympics
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Lamin Deen's life story could be a movie script.
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"Unlike some of my friends who didn't choose the right route, I got out at a crucial time"
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"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."
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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.
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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.
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Lamin Deen and John Baines
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"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.
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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.
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Lamin Deen
"It was certainly a race I will never forget," he recalls.
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"My heart is broken for Craig," Deen admitted.
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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.
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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.
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Deen seals Olympic bobsleigh berth 19 Jan 2014 Bobsleigh
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Deen seals Olympic bobsleigh berth 19 Jan 2014 Bobsleigh
GBR Bobsleigh
www.gbrbobsleigh.co.uk, 29 Aug 2013 [cached]
GBR 2, piloted by Lamin Deen, with John Baines, Andy Matthews and Ben Simons finished the event in 19th place.
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Lamin Deen's life story could be a movie script. From 'getting up to no good' in the rough parts of Manchester and being petrol-bombed in Northern Ireland, to helping protect the Queen and qualifying for the Winter Olympics. It is an incredible tale, which is perhaps only lacking a Hollywood ending. On Sunday the 32-year-old will make his Team GB Olympic bow in Sochi, piloting the two-man bobsleigh team. It will essentially act as a warm-up for the four-man competition on Saturday, 22 February. "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." 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. "That part of Manchester in the late 1990s wasn't the place to be. "There was a lot of gang culture and I got into a bit of bother, but unlike some of my friends who didn't choose the right route I got out at a crucial time." 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. "It was a mill-grinder, tough, no, really tough, but I came out of the other end of it and was really proud of myself." Tours of Bosnia and Kosovo followed, but time in Northern Ireland towards the end of the large-scale sectarian conflict proved to be character-building. "One minute I was in the streets of Manchester, the next I was in Belfast and Dungannon [Ulster], behind the picket lines with a shield and getting petrol bombs thrown at you. "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.
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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. "I didn't want to go as a brakeman though. I wanted to be in control of my own destiny and try out as a pilot." He was given an extended leave of absence to focus on reaching Sochi and after a difficult campaign Deen secured his place in the Team GB squad for at the last qualification event. He was given lead pilot John Jackson's usual crew and achieved a career-best World Cup finish of 11th in Igls, Austria last month, which landed Great Britain a second four-man sled for the Olympics and also unlocked a place in the two-man competition. "If you like speed and excitement this is the sport to do "It was certainly a race I will never forget," he recalls.
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"My heart is broken for Craig," Deen admitted.
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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. "I don't know why there have been so few, perhaps black people don't like the cold," he jokes. "I've been back to my old school and to community centres over the last few months, the response is wonderful. "We've started to see a huge influx of black athletes coming into the sport and hopefully the Olympics will push forward with that drive. 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.
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Lamin Deen (born; London lives: Withington) (GBR2 4-man, GBR1 2-man)
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Britain's second four-man team (GBR2) will comprise of Lamin Deen, 32, as pilot, John Baines 28, Ben Simons, 27, and sprinter Craig Pickering who competed for Team GB at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
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Deen and Pickering will also team up in the two-man event.
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Pilot: Lamin Deen
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Pilot: Lamin Deen
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Great Britain will have two ...
www.bbc.co.uk, 20 Jan 2014 [cached]
Great Britain will have two four-man sleds at the 2014 Winter Olympics after GB reserve pilot Lamin Deen steered GBR2 into the required top 20 in the world rankings at the World Cup event in Igls, Austria.
"We worked so hard to qualify ...
www.bbc.co.uk, 7 Feb 2014 [cached]
"We worked so hard to qualify the 'GBR 2' sled for the Games and I am gutted that I won't be on the start line with Lamin [Deen], John [Baines] and Ben [Simpson].
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His place at the Sochi Olympics was only confirmed at the last qualification event in Igls, Austria last month after pilot Lamin Deen delivered a career-best 11th place World Cup finish.
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Deen seals Olympic bobsleigh berth 19 Jan 2014 Bobsleigh
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GB pilot Lamin Deen Deen seals Olympic bobsleigh berth 19 Jan 2014 Bobsleigh
Lamin Deen, 2 Man Bobsleigh ...
www.uksponsorship.com, 16 June 2011 [cached]
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".
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