Deborah Levi

Deborah Levi

Olympic Champion Bobsledding & Expert Resilience & Teamwork

Speaker biography

Deborah Levi was born in Dillenburg in August 1997 and is a successful German bobsledder.

However, Levi did not begin her athletic career on icy slopes, but on the athletics field. It was not until 2018 that she switched to bobsledding. As a pusher for Laura Nolte, she won her first World Cup victory in January 2020 and secured the title of European champion in 2021 and the gold medal in the two-man bobsled at the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Deborah Levi Lecture Topics

  • Motivation & Teamwork: The path to competitive sports
  • Victory & defeat: Dealing with setbacks
  • Resilience & willpower: Dual careers in top-class sport
  • High Performance under Pressure: On Smooth Skates to Olympic Victory

Growing up in central Hessen, Deborah Levi began her athletic career as a track and field athlete at TV Dillenburg, where she focused on the sprint disciplines. After graduating from high school in 2016, she completed a voluntary social year at an elementary school near Wiesbaden before beginning her elementary school teaching studies at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. She continued her track and field career at Wiesbadener LV and was one of the best 100-meter sprinters in Hesse in 2018 with a time of 12.06 seconds.

High Performance – The fastest pusher on the bobsleigh track.

Deborah Levi was recruited for bobsledding by BSC Winterberg because of her strong acceleration ability. With pilot Laura Nolte, she contested her first competition in the 2018 European Cup at Königssee. A few weeks later, they won the European Cup race in Winterberg. At the Bobsleigh World Cup, she competed alongside Stephanie Schneider and finished third in Lake Placid. In the summer of 2020, Levi joined SC Potsdam, which offered her improved training conditions with a push track opened the year before.

Olympic victory 2022 – On the fastest runners to the gold medal.

Deborah Levi and Laura Nolte became German champions in November 2020 and won two World Cup races in the 2020/21 season. They finally won gold in the two-man bobsled at the 2021/22 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Unfortunately, Levi missed the entire 2022/23 World Cup season due to cartilage damage in her knee and a related surgery before Christmas 2022.

In addition to her impressive athletic achievements, Deborah Levi is also involved outside of the sport. Among other things, she is a member of the Anti-Racism AG of Athletes Germany and, together with Eintracht Frankfurt player Alex Meier, was selected as an ambassador for Frankfurt as a venue for the 2024 European Football Championships. Her story is an inspiring example of determination, passion and ambition.



Studium Grundschullehramt und Olympia?! Das geht! Ein Tag mit Olympiasiegerin Deborah Levi
Bob Olympiasiegerin Deborah Levi im Interview I MainAthlet Leichtathletik Podcast


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