Canadian Olympic gold medalist Justin Kripps of Summerland, British Columbia won two bronze medals on the opening weekend of the 2019-20 World Cup bobsled season in Lake Placid, New York, United States. On Saturday, he won the bronze medal with Ben Coakwell of Regina, Saskatchewan and on Sunday, he won the bronze medal with Cameron Stones of Oshawa, Ontario.
In the World Cup race on Saturday, Kripps and Coakwell posted a third place time of 1:50.43. They reached the podium by 0.03 seconds over Oskars Kibermanis and Matiss Miknis of Latvia, who had a fourth place time of 1:50.46. Johannes Lochner and Florian Bauer of Germany won the gold medal with a time of 1:50.17. Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis of Germany won the silver medal with a time of 1:50.25.
In the World Cup race on Sunday, Kripps and Stones posted a third place time of 1:50.34. They reached the podium by 0.07 seconds over Kibermanis and Miknis, who had a fourth place time of 1:50.41. Friedrich and Alexander Schueller of Germany won the gold medal with a time of 1:49.77. Lochner and Christian Rasp of Germany won the silver medal with a time of 1:50.00.
Kripps, who won a gold medal for Canada at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, is in third place in the World Cup two man bobsled standings for 2019-20 after two races with 400 points. He is behind Friedrich and Lochner, who are tied for first with 435 points. The bronze medals in Lake Placid will give Kripps confidence as he prepares for the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing.