February 09

Team GB Take World Championship Title

Team GB Take World Championship Title

At Lake Placid in Satuin, New York on Saturday, where they arrived ranked fourth in the world, Nicola Minichiello and Gillian Cooke became the first British women to ever win a world title and the first Brits to take a world championship gold in the sport since Tony Nash and Robin Dixon in 1965.


The British girls were second after the first two runs on Friday but a superb third run put them in the lead and a solid final run saw them defeat the American team of Shauna Rohbock and Elana Meyers by 0.38secs.

There had been a moment of drama at the start of the vital third run when Minichiello forgot to close her visor but she somehow managed to release her hand from the controls to close her shield - and posted the fastest run of the heat.

"I really felt going into here that this track is such a magical track that it could have been anybody's day, and it was," said Minichiello a 30 year old teacher who trains at Bath University.

Palindrome Sports and RJF Design were responsible for overhauling the girls bobsleigh in 2008 ahead of the winter season, in what included extensive modifications resulting in a truly unique sled.

"A really fantastic result for Nicola and Gillian, which shows their absolute grit and determination in this sport," said Rhodri Griffiths. "We feel extremely proud to have been part of their preparations, and Palindrome Sports would like to congratulate Team Minichiello on their World Championship title."