Lamin
Deen

Place of birthLondon

Age37
Height6'
Weight102kg

Lamin’s bobsleigh career began when he was spotted competing in the 200m sprint finals at an Army inter-unit competition in Aldershot in 2007, although he initially only started the sport as a hobby. A sergeant in the Grenadier Guards, Lamin has represented the Army in boxing and basketball, as well as athletics and bobsleigh, and was on duty at the Queen Mother’s funeral in 2002.

Having switched from brakeman to driver after missing out on selection for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Lamin made his Olympic bow at Sochi four years later, finishing 19th in his favoured four-man event and 23rd in the two-man competition in Russia. 

He won two of his first three races on the North America’s Cup circuit in 2013/14, triumphing in Park City and Calgary, and went on to guide GB1 to fifth place at the 2015 World Championships in Winterberg alongside Ben Simons, Bruce Tasker and Andy Matthews.

He narrowly missed out on World Cup bronze with a fourth-place finish in Lake Placid in January 2016 and he and his crew of Tasker, Simons and Joel Fearon were on course for a World Championship medal before a late crash in Igls the following month. 

Lamin finished 21st in the 4-man event at his fifth World Championships in Konigssee in 2017 and was on the World Cup podium in December 2016 after a sixth-place finish in Lake Placid.

LAMIN IN HIS OWN WORDS...

  • Nickname: Deano
  • Most likely to be spotted: on the PS3 beating Andy Mathews on FIFA
  • Least likely to be found: in a Diamond League 10,000m race
  • Me in three: never say die
  • Hero: my mother, as she made me the man that I am today and raised five kids alone
  • Random fact: I was a table tennis god as a child and I also guard the queen
  • If I wasn’t a slider: I would now be a Sergeant Major in the Queen’s Guards
  • Career highlights: qualifying for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi