Francesco Friedrich cemented his reputation as one of the greatest bobsleigh pilots in history at Beijing 2022 by retaining his Olympic titles in the two-man and four-man bob.
Born in Pirna in Saxony, Friedrich - commonly known as "Franz" - switched from athletics to bobsleigh at 16. His older brother, David, was his pusher until his career was hampered by injury.
He won two-man gold and four-man silver at the 2011 World Junior Championships in Park City, Utah. Two weeks later, Friedrich was 11th in the two-man bob at his first senior World Championships in Koenigsee and claimed gold in the mixed team event featuring bobsleigh and skeleton athletes.
The young driver joined the IBSF World Cup circuit the following year and finished fourth at the World Championships before securing his first World Cup win at Altenburg in January 2013.
Later that month, while still only 22, he became the youngest world champion driver with victory in the two-man bob with brakeman Jannis Baecker.
Friedrich's first Olympic season proved to be a disappointment as he failed to add to his two World Cup wins and only finished sixth in the two-man and eighth in the four-man at Sochi 2014.
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