Olympic Champion Mariama Jamanka announces retirement, Photos: IBSF / Viesturs Lacis

Oberhof (RWH) Mariama Jamanka (GER), 2018 Olympic Champion in 2-woman bobsleigh, has announced the end of her competitive sport career. "After a little over a decade now, it is time for me to say goodbye to competitive sport," the 31-year-old wrote on Facebook and Twitter.

Mariama Jamanka started bobsleigh as a push athlete in 2011, competed in her first races as a pilot in the winter of 2014/2015 and qualified for the German World Cup team for the first time a year later. At the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang (KOR), Mariama Jamanka won gold in the 2-woman bobsleigh with push athlete Lisa Buckwitz.

The year after the Winter Games became the most successful in the German's career: Mariama Jamanka celebrated her first World Cup victory at the start of the post-Olympic winter 2018/2019, won the overall ranking of the BMW IBSF World Cup as well as European Championship gold and became World Champion in Whistler (CAN).

At the end of her sporting career, the bobsleigh pilot won European Championship gold in St. Moritz in January 2022 in the new discipline of women's monobob. Mariama Jamanka competed in her last race in February at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. She won Olympic silver in the 2-woman bobsleigh with Alexandra Burghardt behind team-mate Laura Nolte with Deborah Levi. ©RWH2022

Photos: IBSF / Viesturs Lacis

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