Kripps named to Olympic team

A Summerland athlete will compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia next month.

A Summerland athlete will compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia next month.

Justin Kripps qualified and was named to the Canadian Olympic Team for two events.

He finished the qualifying races ranked ninth in the world in the four-man bobsleigh event and 11th for the two-man bobsleigh event.

This is Kripps’ second season on the World Cup circuit as a pilot.

This is the first time Canada has had three teams qualify in bobsleigh. Only three countries can have three teams in the Olympics bobsleigh.

To qualify, Kripps had to rank ahead of either the United States or Russian No. 3 sleds. He defeated the No. 3 and No. 2 teams for both countries and even managed to rank ahead of Canada No. 1 in the four-man event.

For the Olympics, he will be designated Canada No. 3 for the two-man and Canada No. 2 for the four-man.

There will be 30 teams in each event.

The two-man bobsleigh races at the 2014 Winter Olympics will be held Feb. 16 and 17 while the four-man races will be on Feb. 22 and 23.