Summerland Olympian Justin Kripps, with Cam Stones in back, winning silver in two-man bobsleigh and a bronze in four-man at the World Cup in Konigssee, Germany. (Team Canada)

Summerland’s Justin Kripps picks up back-to-back bronze medals in weekend racing

Canada’s two-man bobsleigh is third in the rankings heading into the World Championships

  • Feb. 16, 2020 10:45 a.m.

Summerland native Justin Kripps has done it again, earning a second set of back-to-back bronze medals to finish the World Cup Season.

The weekend races in Latvia ended with Canada’s two-man bobsleigh third overall for the World Cup rankings ahead of the World Championship.

“It was really good today. These are the first races we have had on this track, so we were just trying to get in the medals. We managed to get on the podium in both races, so we achieved our goal,” said Kripps.

Kripps, the reigning Olympic champion, was joined by CFL wide receiver Sam Giguere for the first time on Sunday. Together, the two clocked a two-run time of 1:39.59 for Kripps’ 17th medal and Giguere’s first.

READ MORE: Fans sing Canadian anthem after sound system breaks at BMW IBSF World Cup

After their first run down the 16 corner course put them in fifth, they climbed back up to the podium with the second-fastest time of the day at 49.81 seconds.

“The ice conditions were a bit different for the first few sleds who had a bit of an advantage today. We had two good pushes and two good drives,” added Kripps. “This is a driver’s track. It is similar to Lake Placid in that it is very busy, there is lots of driving to do, but you also have to let the sled run.”

Cam Stones, the team’s regular brakeman, was resting this weekend in preparation for the World Championship.

READ MORE: Summerland’s Justin Kripps wins bobsleigh world cup event

Oskars Kibermanis and Matiss Mikniss swept the golden step of the podium in front of thousands of screaming fans that lined the ice over the weekend. The Latvian’s posted the time to beat at 1:39.18. Switzerland’s Simon Friedli and Gregory Jones were second at 1:39.54.

Together with his three brakemen, Kripps claimed third in the overall World Cup two-man standings as well as the weekend podiums. Alongside the two bronze medals this weekend, the team also earned another two bronze medals and a silver over the season’s eight races.

To report a typo, email: editor@pentictonwesternnews.com.


@PentictonNews
newstips@pentictonwesternnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Sports

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Summerland approves solar project

Despite community opposition, council voted 4-3 for Cartwright Mountain location

Two positive COVID-19 cases at Oliver farm

The risk of exposure to the general public related to this farm is considered to be low

UPDATED: Interior Health to add 495 long-term seniors care beds

Nelson, Kelowna, Kamloops, Vernon and Penticton to receive new facilities

QUIZ: Are you ready for a summer road trip?

How much do you really know about roads, motor vehicles and car culture? Take this quiz to find out.

B.C. records 62 new COVID-19 cases, two deaths since Friday

Province has just over 200 active cases

Police search for suspect in assault on woman in downtown Kelowna

Kelowna police received a report a woman had been assaulted by an unknown man on July 12

‘Trauma equals addiction’ – why some seek solace in illicit substances

Part 2: Many pushed into addiction by ‘toxic stress,’ says White Rock psychologist

Hotel rooms for B.C. homeless too hasty, NDP government told

Businesses forced out, but crime goes down, minister says

Oliver Town Hall closed to public as staffer displays COVID-19 symptoms

One staff member at Oliver Town Hall is being tested for coronavirus

Wage subsidy will be extended until December amid post-COVID reopening: Trudeau

Trudeau said the extension will ‘give greater certainty and support to businesses’

B.C. government prepares for COVID-19 economic recovery efforts

New measures after July consultation, Carole James says

Horoscopes for the week of July 13

Weekly horoscopes by Morgan Fava

Police keep eye on motorbike gang in Kelowna for poker run

The Throttle Lockers Motorcycle Club Poker Run was to have taken place on July 11

Most Read