A bobsleigh athlete from Summerland will compete in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing in February.
Justin Kripps will pilot one of two Canadian men’s four-man teams in the games. He will be accompanied by Ben Coakwell, Ryan Sommer and Cam Stones. Three skeleton athletes and 18 bobsleigh athletes will be among the Canadians competing at the games.
Three skeleton athletes along with a full fleet of 18 bobsledders will travel to Beijing on a mission to deliver podium performances at the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Canada has qualified 18 athletes to fill the maximum number of women’s and men’s bobsleighs for the second consecutive Winter Olympics. Germany is the only other nation to do so.
Kripps will be looking to defend his Olympic title in the two-man. His medal-winning crew who celebrated second place overall in both World Cup racing disciplines this year remain laser-focused, focused on the challenge of the four-man Olympic podium.
At the 2018 Winter Olympics, Kripps and Alexander Kopacz tied for first in the two-man bobsled event in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
He also racked up numerous medals in Bobsleigh World Cup competitions. In December 2021, Kripps and the four-man crew won silver at the Bobsleigh World Cup in Altenberg, Germany.
Canadian bobsleigh and skeleton athletes have qualified for Team Canada based on their international rankings over the past two seasons. Team Canada has won nine Olympic medals in bobsleigh and four Olympic medals in skeleton.
Bobsleigh will take place from February 13-20 (Days 9-16) and Skeleton will take place from February 10-12 (Days 6-8), both at Yanqing Sliding Center.
“I am thrilled to welcome the bobsleigh and skeleton athletes who will be sliding for Canada in Beijing,” said Catriona Le May Doan, Team Canada’s Chef de Mission for Beijing 2022. and incredible resilience. The veterans have been wonderful role models for the rookies and we are thrilled to see you competing in Beijing. Canada has been a force on the international stage since 2018 and we will be cheering you all on in the beautiful sleds that represent the partnership with the Royal Canadian Navy. We celebrate everyone who dares to wear the maple leaf.
Prior to being named to Team Canada, all nominations are subject to approval by the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Team Selection Committee following receipt of nominations by all National Sport Organizations.
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