Jamaican bobsled coach Sandra Kiriasis quits Winter Olympics team

Tom Schad

 |  USA TODAY

The driver coach of Jamaica’s bobsled team has abruptly left the team just days before it is scheduled to begin Olympic competition in Pyeongchang.

And, according to BBC, she could take the team’s sled with her.

The Jamaica Bobsleigh Federation said in a statement Wednesday that Sandra Kiriasis, a 43-year-old German who won a gold medal as a competitor in the 2006 Games, has “elected not to continue her position.” Kiriasis told BBC that her departure was triggered by the federation’s attempt to change her role to “track performance analyst,” which would limit her interaction with the team’s athletes.

To add to the intrigue, Kiriasis also told the British news organization that she is legally responsible for the team’s sled and wants payment for it. The federation disputed that she owns the sled and denies that the team will have to withdraw from the Olympics as a result of her departure, according to BBC.

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