Nicola Minichiello – Bobsleigh

Nicola is a British bobsledder who has competed since 2001. She has won two medals in the two-woman event at the FIBT World Championships winning a silver in 2005 and making history with a gold in 2009 by becoming the first British female Bobsleigh Driver to win a World Championships.

What made you want to become an athlete?

A desire to prove my worth.

What has been your proudest moment to date?

Winning the World Championships.

What does your typical day involve?

As an athlete I was training for 4-6 hours each day with teaching in between those sessions. Now that I am retired, I coach for 4-6 hours a day and teach in between.

Who or what inspires you to get up in a morning?

Wanting to enjoy my life to the full and get the most out of it.

What do your friends and family think about what you do?

They are very proud.

How did you get to where you are today?

Through a strict daily training regime, as well as working hard at school, college and university.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of following in your path?

Never let disappointment stop you from achieving your dreams.

How do you use sports science to support your training/performance?

My sport regularly uses sport science. The equipment is highly innovative and uses physics and aerodynamics to promote speed. The training itself uses biomechanics, physiology and psychology to make sure we perform to the best of our ability.

What kind of hobbies do you do to relax?

I enjoy reading and watching TV.

Have there been any embarrassing moments?

When my bobsleigh partner split the rear of her race suit and showed her underwear on worldwide TV!