GBR 2, piloted by Lamin Deen
, with John Baines, Andy Matthews and Ben Simons finished the event in 19th place.
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.
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
"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
"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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
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
"My heart is broken for Craig," 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
"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.
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.
and Baines will begin their two-man campaign at 16:15 GMT on Sunday.
Lamin Deen (born; London lives: Withington) (GBR2 4-man, GBR1 2-man)
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.
and Pickering will also team up in the two-man event.
Pilot: Lamin Deen
Pilot: Lamin Deen