Kripps wins two medals in World Cup bobsled in Austria

Justin Kripps (Jason Ransom, Canadian Olympic Committee) (with permission)

Justin Kripps of Summerland, British Columbia won two World Cup silver medals in Igls, Austria this weekend. Kripps won a silver medal with Jesse Lumsden of Edmonton, Alberta in the two-man World Cup on Saturday and then piloted the Canadian four-man sled to silver on Sunday. 

In the two-man, Kripps and Lumsden drove to a time of 1:43.98. Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis of Germany won the gold medal with a time of 1:43.71. Clemens Bracher and Michael Kuonen of Switzerland won the bronze medal with a time 1:44.11.

Kripps and Lumsden reached the podium by 0.18 seconds. Johannes Lochner and Joshua Bluhm of Germany finished in fourth place with a time of 1:44.16.

Nick Poloniato of Hamilton, Ontario and Lascelles Brown of Calgary, Alberta, initially won the bronze medal, but were disqualified because of a narrow cowling. It would have been Poloniato’s first World Cup bobsled medal.

Kripps is in first place in the World Cup two-man standings with 1014 points. He has 51 more points than Chris Spring of Calgary, Alberta, who is in second place with 963 points.

In the four-man, Kripps, Lumsden, Alexander Kopacz of London, Ontario and Oluseyi Smith of Calgary, Alberta posted a second place time of 1:42.60. German sleds driven by Lochner and Friedrich won the gold and bronze respectively with times of 1:42.45 and 1:42.65. The Canadian team earned a medal by 0.25 seconds. Latvia’s Oskars Melbardis finished in fourth with a time of 1:42.85.

Kripps is in third place in the World Cup four man standings with 964 points. He is behind Lochner and German Nico Walther.

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