(St. Moritz) Canadians Justin Kripps and Cam Stones captured bronze on Saturday in the two-man bobsleigh event at the Bobsleigh World Cup in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
Kripps and Stones completed the two regulatory rounds of the event in two minutes and 12.84 seconds, conceding 0.92 seconds against the eventual winners, the Germans Friedrich Francesco and Alexander Schueller.
Their compatriots, Johannes Lochner and Florian Bauer, finished in second place, 0.45 seconds behind.
Kripps, the reigning Olympic two-man bobsleigh champion, also got his 17e medal in this discipline at the World Cup. He and Stones finished fifth in their first event of the campaign last weekend.
“It’s a great day for us in St. Moritz,” said Kripps. The sun was shining. The track was much faster than in training and we had a lot of fun on our way to winning our first medal together on this track. “
The other Canadian team entered in this competition, consisting of Christopher Spring and Mike Evelyn, finished 11e rank.
It was a 47e victory for Friedrich in the Bobsleigh World Cup, surpassing the mark of his compatriot, Sandra Kiriasis.
For the women, Kaillie Humphries won the monobob event. Germany’s Laura Nolte and Switzerland’s Martina Fontanive completed the podium, in order.
Canadian Christine De Bruin finished at 16e and last place in the competition.
The monobob – a woman alone aboard the craft – will be on the program for the Beijing Olympics next year. Humphries, who now represents the United States, has won two gold and one bronze in the women’s bobsleigh with Canada in the last three editions of the Olympic Winter Games.
She will be one of the favorites to win in bobsleigh in Beijing, but also in monobob.