Canadian women win two bobsled medals in Altenberg

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Canadian women won two bobsled medals this past weekend in Altenberg, Germany. On Saturday, in the women’s monobob event, Cynthia Appiah of Toronto, Ontario won the silver medal. Then on Sunday, Christine De Bruin of Edmonton, Alberta, and Kristen Bujnowski of London, Ontario won the bronze medal in the two-woman bobsled World Cup.

For Appiah, it was her second career medal in the Women’s Monobob World Series. She previously won a silver medal in Innsbruck, Austria on January 14, 2021. There she placed behind Canadian gold medal winner Melissa Lotholz of Barrhead, Alberta.

In Altenberg on Saturday, Appiah had a time of two minutes, and .63 seconds. Kaillie Humphries of the United States won the gold medal with a time of 2:00.57. Laura Nolte of Germany won the bronze medal with a time of 2:01.10.  Appiah earned a medal by 0.54 seconds over De Bruin, who had a time of 2:01.17.

Appiah is in fourth place after 10 events of the 2021-22 Women’s Monobob World Series circuit with 586 points. Elana Meyers Taylor of the United States leads with 626 points.

In Altenberg on Sunday, De Bruin and Bujnowski had a time of 1:54.45. They reached the podium by 0.15 seconds over Kim Kalicki and Ann-Christin Stack of Germany, who had a fourth place time of 1:54.60. Humphries and Kaysha Love of the United States won the gold medal with a time of 1:54.10. Nolte and Deborah Levi of Germany won the silver medal with a time of 1:54.14.

In the World Cup two-woman bobsled standings, De Bruin is in third place with 600 points. Nolte leads with 660 points and Kalicki is second with 612 points. The medals for Appiah, De Bruin and Bujnowski will give them confidence for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. 

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