Team Canada won two bronze medals this past weekend in a World Cup Bobsled in Innsbruck, Austria. On Saturday, Melissa Lotholz of Barrhead, Alberta won bronze in the women’s monobob, and on Sunday, Canadian Olympic gold medalist Justin Kripps of Summerland, British Columbia, along with Ryan Sommer of White Rock, British Columbia, Ben Coakwell of Regina, Saskatchewan, and Cam Stones of Oshawa, Ontario, won bronze in the four-man. Kripps won his gold medal for Canada in two-man at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang.
In the women’s monobob, Lotholz had a time of 1:51.22. Breeana Walker of Australia won the gold medal with a time of 1:50.84. Elana Meyers Taylor won the silver medal with a time of 1:51.07. Lotholz earned a medal by 0.31 seconds over her Canadian teammate, Cynthia Appiah of Toronto, Ontario, who had a fourth place time of 1:51.53. Lotholz meanwhile finished sixth in the World Cup standings with 314 points. Andreea Grecu of Romania, and Walker won the World Cup title with 400 points each.
In the men’s four-man, Canada had a time of 1:42.47. Germany, led by driver Francesco Friedrich, won the gold medal with a time of 1:42.08. Austria, led by driver Ben Maier, had a second place time of 1:42.30. Canada landed on the podium by 0.18 seconds over the German team led by driver Johannes Lochner, who had a fourth-place time of 1:42.65. The Canadian four-man bobsled team finished third in the World Cup standings with 794 points. Friedrich led with 900 points. The medals for Lotholz, Kripps, Sommer, Coakwell, and Stones, will give them confidence as they prepare for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing.