Team Canada won two silver medals at a World Cup bobsled event in Altenberg, Germany on Saturday. Canadian Olympic gold medalist Justin Kripps of Summerland, British Columbia teamed up with Cameron Stones of Calgary, Alberta to win a silver medal in the two-man event, while Christine De Bruin of Edmonton, Alberta teamed up with Kristen Bujnowski of London, Ontario to win a silver medal in the two-woman event.
In the two-man event, Kripps and Stones posted a second place time of 1:52.56. Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis of Germany won the gold medal with a time of 1:52.19. Oskars Kibermanis and Matiss Miknis of Latvia won the bronze medal with a time of 1:52.67.
Kripps and Stones won a medal by 0.17 seconds. Nico Walther and Paul Krenz of Germany finished in fourth place with a time of 1:52.73. Kripps won the Olympic gold medal in men’s bobsled at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang with Alexander Kopacz of London, Ontario.
In the two-woman event, De Bruin and Bujnowski posted a second place time of 1:57.56. Mariama Jamanka and Annika Drazek of Germany won the gold medal with a time of 1:57.25. Elana Meyers Taylor and Lake Kwaza of the United States won the bronze medal with a time of 1:57.64. De Bruin and Bujnowski reached the podium by 0.12 seconds over Mica Mcneill and Montell Douglas of Great Britain, who finished in fourth place with a time of 1:57.68.
It has been quite the start of the year for De Bruin. On December 12, she won the gold medal in a women’s monobob event in Konigssee, Germany. De Bruin posted a winning time of 1:53.81. Breeana Walker of Australia won the silver medal with a time of 1:54.20. Anastasiia Makarova of Russia won the bronze medal with a time of 1:54.88.
De Bruin reached the podium by 1.36 seconds over Margot Bach of France, who was in fourth place with a time of 1:55.17. The women’s monobob event will make its Olympic debut at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing.