Kripps bobsleigh team places ninth overall

The first half of the World Cup Season is over and Team Kripps gave it a strong finish.

The first half of the World Cup Season is over and Team Kripps gave it a strong finish.

After placing 12th in the first heat of the four-man event in Lake Placid today, they then blew back with the sixth fastest second heat and placed ninth overall, 2/100ths second behind eighth.

The day before, the bobsledders braved -28C weather to compete in the second of the two-man World Cup events.

Team Kripps laid down two consistent solid runs and placed eighth, which is the same result they achieved on Friday’s two-man event.

These results put Team Kripps in a very good place to start the second half of the season in Winterberg Germany on the first weekend in January.

Team Kripps is now ranked in the top 10 in both two-man and four-man and are ahead of Canada 1 in the four-man. This means Team Kripps becomes Canada 2 for the second half of the season in the four-man event, Team Spring will become Canada 1 and Team Rush (bronze medalists from the Vancouver 2010 Olympics) will become Canada 3.

Final designations will be made according to accumulated scores at the end of the season in late January.

“Three World Cup events in three days in such brutal weather was kind of gruelling,” Kripps said, “but the team really worked well together and we are really looking forward to the second half, and climbing up a bit higher in the standings.”

The team will be in Germany on Dec. 28.