Without a doubt, Team Kripps had great starts and the best speed to send them to their second consecutive four-man bobsleigh gold at Lake Placid on Saturday during the season-opening World Cup race.

Last year, Team Kripps also won the gold at the Lake Placid stop of the IBSF World Cup circuit.

The team of Justin Kripps, Ryan Sommer, Cameron Stones and Benjamin Coakwell successfully completed two runs in 1:49.50 seconds to defeat Latvia’s team of Oskars Kibermanis (1:49.89s) and Benjamin Maier of Austria (1:49.97s).

Tomorrow, Team Kripps will have a chance to top the podium again in Lake Placid since last weekend’s event only hosted two, two-man races and no four-man competitions.

Also medalling on Saturday was the women’s pair of Christine de Bruin and Kristen Bujnowski, who won the bronze medal. Team USA claimed gold while Germany secured the silver medal.