Bobsleigh duo win bronze in Germany

Summerland bobsleigh athlete Justin Kripps and Bryan Barnett won a bronze medal in Germany on the weekend.

Justin Kripps

Justin Kripps

Summerland bobsleigh athlete Justin Kripps and Bryan Barnett won their second career World Cup medal at the Konigssee track in Germany, earning a bronze medal.

“I had good start times and good runs so everything came together,” Kripps said. “I love Konigssee. I like the flow of the track. There is a great atmosphere here with lots of fans. The music is playing and the track just fits my driving style.”

A year ago, the two captured gold at the same track, weeks before the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

This year, they finished in third place. Their two-run time was 1:42.19.

“I feel confident on all the tracks we race, but I just have a good feeling here,” Kripps said.

“I am able to blast out of those S curves with lots of speed and you need to do that to be successful here.”

The race was a close one. Beat Hefti and Alex Baumann of Switzerland finished first with a time of 1:41.16 while Nico Walther and Marko Huebenbecker took second place with a time of 1:41.68.

In 2010, Kripps was part of Canadian Pierre Lueders’ four-man team, finishing with four World Cup podiums.

This year his goal is to be a medal contender each week on the elite circuit.

“This is one of those years we are working on a number of things, but this is an awesome boost for our program to get a medal,” said Kripps.

“It has been a year since men’s bobsleigh in Canada has been on the podium so this is great for our team.”