Minichiello who became Great Britain's first-ever Bobsleigh world champion in 2009 quit the sport two years later, will now join the Dutch coaching setup after a period working for for the International Bobsleigh Federation
“Nic is a very good coach and they [the Dutch] have made a great appointment”
Gary AndersonGB Bobsleigh performance director
Minichiello, a former-heptathlete, who used to coach European champion
, added; "the whole way through [my career] it's been a constant battle [with equality] and I know going straight out onto the tour I'm going to have to work twice as hard, three-times as hard, but hopefully in the future that will change."
The British Bobsleigh team recently appointed former Olympic-medal winning Swiss team-leader Dominik Scherrer as their
new head technical coach
Minichiello, from Sheffield, admits the role would have been "interesting" but she did not apply for the post and GB performance director Gary Anderson says he fully supports the move made by his former bobsleigh driver.
"It is great that a former athlete has taken to coaching, we need to encourage this as we cannot afford for potential coaches to drift away from the sport," he said.
She competed at the last three Winter Olympics and won silver at the 2005 World Championships before claming gold alongside Gillian Cooke four years later in
Lake Placid, New York
But at the 2010 Vancouver Games, Minichiello was left "
" when the pair crashed out on the third of four runs. Minichiello had knee surgery and lost her place as Britain's number one driver to rising star Paula Walker, prompting her retirement from competition last year.
Since then the men have achieved a top-four finish in the World Championships. At the inaugural
2012 Winter Youth Olympics
in Innsbruck, the Netherlands won gold and bronze medals, furthering Minichiello's belief they can challenge for honours in Russia.
"One day I'd certainly like to work within the UK, whether that's with bobsleigh or a different sport who knows? But I'm right-now I'm concentrating on the Dutch.
"I think they can definitely medal [in Sochi], there's a huge opportunity there," concluded Minichiello.
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