German athletes vote Team Friedrich as "The Best 2022“, Photos: IBSF / Viesturs Lacis

Villapiana (RWH) Francesco Friedrich, 2022 Olympic Champion in 2-man and 4-man bobsleigh, and his push athletes Thorsten Margis, Alexander Schüller and Candy Bauer, are "The Best 2022". This is reported by the German Federation BSD.

According to the report, this is the first time that a team has received the award in the election, which is renowned among top athletes. In the first round of voting, a jury consisting of athletes' representatives from the national sports federations nominated eleven of over 100 athletes and teams. In the second round of voting, all 4,000 athletes supported by Sporthilfe voted online on the candidates. 

Among the nominees were also the 2-woman bobsleigh Olympic Champions Laura Nolte/Deborah Levi and Alexandra Burghardt - the latter, however, not as a push athlete and Olympic silver medallist with pilot Mariama Jamanka, but with the German 4x100-metre relay team, which had won World Championship bronze in the summer.

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