Kripps 12th at Whistler

Summerland bobsleigh star pilots team to 12th place on track at Whistler.

Justin Kripps of Summerland completed his rookie weekend at the World Cup four-man bobsleigh race at Whistler Olympic Park with a 12th place finish.

Kripps teamed up with Toronto’s Tim Randall, Calgary’s Derek Plug, and James McNaughton, of Newmarket, Ont., to post a time of 1:44.38 in the Canada 2 sled.

“I just started driving last year so to be honest I am happy right now just to have the opportunity to compete at a World Cup,” said Kripps, who was a brakeman at the 2010 Games in his coach Pierre Lueders’ sled.

“I think this track in Whistler has been critical for my quick development as a pilot.”

“It is very technical and challenging. We are very lucky to have this at home because it really slows other tracks down when we leave here.”

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