SOCHI, Russia – In the end it was a step too far to reach the podium for Justin Kripps and the Canada-3 sled in the two-man bobsleigh, but he left the Sanki sliding centre fighting before finishing in sixth place at the Olympic Winter Games.

Just 0.09 seconds behind the USA-1 sled of Steven Holcomb on Run 4, Kripps and brakeman Bryan Barnett went for broke and dropped down a couple of places from fourth.

“With Holcomb in front of us we knew he wouldn’t make a mistake,” Kripps said. “He doesn’t make mistakes. So we decided to go big or go home.”

Kripps, of the #Beardmode fame on Twitter thanks to his unmistakable facial hair, took to social media to explain his final run. There are no medals for fourth place just as there isn’t for sixth. He simply went for it.

Canada-2 driven by Chris Spring and Lyndon Rush’s Canada-1 sleds finished seventh and ninth respectively. Russia-1 driven by Alexander Zubkov (gold) and Beat Hefti on Switzerland-1 (silver) joined Holcomb on the podium.

Justin Kripps shows his disappointment after Run 4 (CP).

Justin Kripps shows his disappointment after Run 4 (CP).

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