Team Kripps continues to impress on the World Cup Bobsleigh Circuit. This past weekend World Cup #2 was held at Park City Utah, home of the 2002 Olympic Games.
A cold front hit the area early on Friday, making conditions challenging, dry but extremely cold. Canada #3 (Justin Kripps and Bryan Barnett) proved they are a force to be reckoned with as they produced two consistent runs to place eighth.
They rocketed past all three Russian teams, two of the German teams and Canada #2 to produce their best finish ever.
The next day the snow moved in and the four-man race was held in near blizzard conditions.
Again Canada #3, Team Kripps (Kripps, James McNaughton, Tim Randall and Barnett) demonstrated skill and consistency, finishing in ninth place, only 5/100th of a second behind Canada #2 in seventh place, and ahead of Canada#1 in 11th place.
USA #1 took the gold medal but USA #2 and #3 were well back in 13th and 15th places.
Kripps is “very happy with our team and the runs,” but says “there is still lots of room for improvement and we know what to work on. We are very happy to be currently ranked eighth in World Cup standings for four-man, and we hope to improve on our 11th standing in two-man.”
The bobsledders move on to Lake Placid, New York this coming weekend for the next World Cup event. Full results can be found at www.fibt.com