Kripps places fourth in Sochi bobsleigh

Summerland bobsleigh athlete Justin Kripps and his teammates finished with a season-best fourth-place finish on the track at Sochi, Russia.

Summerland bobsleigh athlete Justin Kripps and his teammates finished with a season-best fourth-place finish on the track at Sochi, Russia.

The track is the same one where roughly a year ago, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Kripps and his teammates crashed.

This year, the team finished with a time of 1:50.85, just 0.18 seconds off the podium.

“I’ve got a bit of a love-hate relationship with the Sochi track,” Kripps said. “I really enjoy sliding here, and it’s a challenge to be fast. I took a few risks this week like I did at the Olympics, but this time, I got away with it. We’re very happy with how the weekend went.”

They finished just behind teams from Latvia, Russia and Germany.