Francesco Friedrich is the world and Olympic champion in both two-man and four-man bobsleigh ©Getty Images

Olympic champions Mariama Jamanka and Francesco Friedrich will headline Germany's bobsleigh teams for the upcoming World Cup season, after the all-conquering nation confirmed its initial selections.

Germany won gold medals in each of the three bobsleigh events contested at Pyeongchang 2018, plus nine of the 12 medals awarded at this year's World Championships on the home ice of Altenberg.

Competition is fierce for places on the the German team for the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) World Cup circuit, but the line-up has now been confirmed for the start of the season.

Reigning World Cup champion Francesco Friedrich, Johannes Lochner - who won two medals at the 2021 IBSF World Championships - and Christoph Hafer will be the men's pilots.

All three are set to lead two-man and four-man teams, and all three competed in World Cup competitions last year.

Richard Oelsner has to settle for starting the season in the Europe Cup, having been defeated by Hafer at nomination races.

Mariama Jamanka won the two-woman Olympic title at Pyeongchang 2018 ©Getty Images
Mariama Jamanka won the two-woman Olympic title at Pyeongchang 2018 ©Getty Images

Olympic champion Jamanka, Kim Kalicki - second at the World Championships earlier this year - and junior world champion Laura Nolte are the three pilots put forward for two-woman sleds.

All three competed in the World Cup last season, and Stephanie Schneider - a World Championship runner-up in the monobob - had to settle for a Europe Cup spot.

Innsbruck in Austria is due to stage the season-opening IBSF World Cup leg beginning on November 20.

Four of this season's eight legs are due to be in Germany, before attentions turn to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.