Canada’s Justin Kripps wins bronze in four-man bobsled World Cup


Justin Kripps, Ryan Sommer, Benjamin Coakwell and Cameron Stones from Canada in action in the first run of the bod world cup in Schoenau, Germany, Sunday, Jan.26, 2020. Photo: (Sven Hoppe/dpa via AP)

KONIGSSEE, Germany — Justin Kripps piloted his four-man Canadian bobsled crew to their first-ever podium in Konigssee, Germany, winning the bronze on Sunday.

Kripps, from Summerland, B.C., captured his fifth international two-man medal on the track Saturday when he and Cam Stones of Whitby, Ont., celebrated the silver. But the Canadian pilot had never slid onto the four-man podium in Kongissee.

Kripps and Stones completed the double-medal weekend while teaming up with Ryan Sommer of White Rock, B.C., and Saskatoon’s Ben Coakwell to clock two third-place runs and secure the bronze with a time of one minute 37.29 seconds.

"There have not been too many times that we have been on the podium in both the two- and four-man races on the same weekend so I am really pumped with the crew," said Kripps. "We had great starts today. I made a couple of mistakes on the second run, but it was enough to hang onto the podium, so I am really happy."

The crew got the sled in motion with a solid 4.87 push in the second run, allowing the Olympic two-man champion to take control of the 16-corner track that spirals down the Bavarian Alps.

German sleds piloted by Francesco Friedrich (1:37.03) and Johannes Lochner (1:37.13) were first and second respectively.

It is the seventh World Cup four-man medal of Kripps’s career, and third this season for the Canadian crew.

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