Alex Kopacz was a varsity-level shot putter at Western University. With encouragement from his coaches, he attended a talent ID camp for bobsleigh in April 2013. His performance earned him an invitation to train with the national team and participate in a testing camp that August. He quickly realized he had potential when coaches told him to stick it out for four years.
After racing his first North American Cup races with pilot Nick Poloniato in November 2013, Kopacz knew his decision had been made. After that first season, he joined the World Cup circuit in 2014-15 and competed in his first world championships, fighting through a bout of pneumonia to help push Chris Spring to an eighth-place finish in the four-man. In January 2016, Kopacz celebrated his first World Cup podium when he was part of Justin Kripps’ four-man crew that won bronze in Lake Placid.
Kopacz missed the first half of the 2016-17 season because of an adductor tear, but was back in action by late January, going on to push Kripps to a sixth-place finish in the four-man event at the world championships. The Kripps-Kopacz partnership proved fruitful in 2017-18 as they earned four podiums together in the two-man event, including one victory, and captured the Crystal Globe as overall World Cup champions.
A little more about Alex
Getting into the Sport: Started bobsleigh when he was 23… Outside Interests: Earned his mechanical engineering degree from Western University in 2013 and keeps his skills up to date by doing contract work… Dream job would be to work for a big project company such as NASA, SpaceX or Tesla… In the off-season enjoys playing piano and guitar and taking the odd Latin dance class… Odds and Ends: Favourite motto: Sic Parvis Magna (greatness from small beginnings)… Former German bobsledder Olaf Hampel is his trainer and mentor; always wears a bandana that Hampel wore while winning two Olympic gold medals… Listens to the same playlist for every race of an entire season…
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Notable International Results
IBSF World Championships: 2017 – 6th (4-man), 13th (2-man); 2016 – 16th (4-man), 8th (2-man); 2015 – 8th (4-man)
Olympic Winter Games: 2018 - GOLD