Jamaican Women's Bobsled Coach Sandra Kiriasis Quits, Owns Team's Sled

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistFebruary 14, 2018

KOENIGSSEE, GERMANY - JANUARY 20: Sandra Kiriasis  (C), head coach of team Jamaica reacts with her athletes Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian and Carrie Russell of Jamaica at Deutsche Post Eisarena Koenigssee after the BMW IBSF World Cup Women`s Bobsleigh World Cup on January 19, 2018 in Koenigssee, Germany.  (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images For IBSF)
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Jamaica's Olympic debut in women's bobsled is in question following the resignation of coach Sandra Kiriasis on Wednesday.

According to BBC Sport, Kiriasis owns Jamaica's sled, meaning the Jamaican women may not have the equipment needed to compete.

Kiriasis was asked to switch from driving coach to track performance analyst, which she declined before quitting.

Per BBC Sport, Kiriasis said the following regarding the situation: "I have never known such disappointment in this sport, in my life. The athletes have told me they don't understand why this has happened as they have no problem with me and we have a good relationship."

In a statement, Jamaica Bobsled said: "Sandra Kiriasis has elected not to continue her position. We are deeply disappointed in her decision to leave the program. We thank her for her invaluable contribution and contributing to the success of Jamaica's first female bobsled Olympic appearance."

The 43-year-old Kiriasis is a native of Germany, and she is among the most decorated bobsledders of all time.

She won silver at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and gold at the 2006 Turin Olympics in the two-woman bobsled.

Kiriasis also won 13 medals at the World Championships during her career, including seven golds.

The Jamaican women's bobsled team of Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian and Carrie Russell are scheduled to compete Tuesday and Wednesday in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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