BSD extends contract with bobsleigh coach Spies until 2026, Photos: IBSF / Viesturs Lacis

Berchtesgaden (RWH) The German federation BSD (Bob- und Schlittenverband für Deutschland ) and head bobsleigh coach René Spies have agreed to extend their cooperation for another four years. As announced by the federation, Spies and his coaching staff will accompany the athletes on their way to the Olympic Winter Games in Milan-Cortina 2026.

The Winterberg native has been head coach of the German national bobsleigh team since April 2016. The German team won three gold medals at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics with pilots Francesco Friedrich and Mariama Jamanka and also took silver in the 4-man bobsleigh with Nico Walther. In 2022 in Beijing, Francesco Friedrich and his push teams again won gold in 2-man and 4-man bobsleigh, Johannes Lochner took silver in each event and Christoph Hafer also won bronze in 2-man. In 2-woman bobsleigh, Laura Nolte and Deborah Levi won Olympic gold, followed by Mariama Jamanka/Alexandra Burghardt with silver.

For coach René Spies, one focus of his work in the coming years will be on improving the training of young athletes and coaches: "In the next two or three years, we will provide at least one, or better two, coaches from the World Cup team for the young athletes," said Spies. This should significantly improve the track training of the young athletes and talents in Europe Cup."

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