Bobsleigh racing Team Kripps goes into the four-man championships this weekend at St. Moritz

Team Kripps at world event

Justin Kripps team heading into second weekend at World Cup

  • Thu Jan 31st, 2013 9:00am
  • Sports

The bobsleigh team led by Justin Kripps of Summerland kept up the momentum in the two-man World Championships in St. Moritz this past weekend. Ranked 12th going in, they finished in 12th place overall after four good consistent runs. The coaches gave Team Kripps a new brakeman, Neville Wright. He is a member of Canada #1 team and was a teammate of Kripps at the 2010 Olympics where they both crewed on Team Lueders. Wright and Kripps worked well together producing some fast start times. In the final heat they had the fifth fastest start time. St, Moritz is known as a challenging driver’s track. It is the longest of all the tracks and the fastest speeds are reached here, even faster than Whistler. Kripps drove well in his first time competing at St. Moritz. World Championships always seem to produce some unusual events. This one was no exception. Two of the Russian sleds were disqualified after the second heat for using each others sleds. The rules are you must use the same sled throughout the competition; apparently they inadvertently mixed them up. It’s just as well Team Kripps has the distinctive  “Pharmasave” logo on his. Canada #1 (Team Rush) went in to this competition as one of the favourites but unfortunately just didn’t have the runs they hoped for and finished eighth. Canada#2 (Team Spring) had their best race of the season and placed sixth.  Overall it was a good result for Canada with all three teams in the top 12. A total of 38 teams took part. The World Championship four-man will be held this coming weekend. The coaches are taking another gamble and have mixed it up again. Two of the crew from Team Kripps have been interchanged with two on Team Spring. Team Kripps will be Kripps, James McNaughton, Tim Randall, and Graham Rinholm.