Canada is a long way from the podium at the opening of the Bobsleigh World Cup
IGLS, Austria (AP) – Canadians Justin Kripps and Cam Stones finished just off the podium in fourth place at the two-man Bobsleigh World Cup in the season opener on Saturday. Kripps, of Summerland, BC, and Stones, of Whitby, Ont., Were fifth after their first run.
IGLS, Austria (AP) – Canadians Justin Kripps and Cam Stones finished just off the podium in fourth place at the two-man Bobsleigh World Cup in the season opener on Saturday.
Kripps, of Summerland, BC, and Stones, of Whitby, Ont., Were fifth after their first run.
The Canadians were one hundredth of a second behind bronze medalists Brad Hall and Greg Cackett of England after the second set.
Kripps led Canada to tie for Olympic gold in 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Germany’s Francesco Friedrich, who shared gold with Kripps in South Korea, won Saturday’s race with brakeman Alexander Schueller.
“I’m happy with this result because I haven’t had much success in the two-man bob here at Igls,” Kripps said in a statement from Bobsleigh Canada Skelton.
âKnocking on the podium is a good sign for us. “
âI made more than 0.01 seconds of error on the track so we are definitely able to get on the podium if we clean everything. “
Friedrich hasn’t finished worse than second in any of his last 33 two-man World Cup races. He has won gold 26 times and silver in the other seven.
German teammates Johannes Lochner and Floridan Bauer finished second on Saturday.
Chris Spring of Calgary and Mike Evelyn of Ottawa finished eighth.
The United States won gold and silver in the women’s monobob with Elana Meyers Taylor and Kaillie Humphries first and second respectively.
Germany’s Laura Nolte finished third.
Torontonian Cynthia Appiah was just under a tenth of a second behind Nolte in fourth and Melissa Lotholz of Edmonton was fifth.
âConsistency will be the key to getting me on the podium,â added Appiah.
âMy pushes are so dynamic that I can create insurmountable leads, but consistency is what will guarantee victory.
“Things are always going in the right direction. I’m still learning and developing as a driver, but I’m consistently in the top 10, which many can’t say as a young driver.”
The women’s monobob makes its Olympic debut in Beijing in February.
The races continue on Sunday with four men and women races.
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