Canadian Olympic Medal Count
In his second Olympic appearance, Cam Stones won a bronze medal in the four-man event as a crewman for pilot Justin Kripps along with Ryan Sommer and Ben Coakwell. At Beijing 2022, Stones also competed in the two-man event with Kripps, finishing 10th.
With plenty of size, speed and aggressiveness, Stones was a natural to transition from rugby to bobsleigh. In 2012 he captained Canada at the U20 Junior World Rugby Trophy. He’d also enjoyed a successful varsity career at McMaster University, during which he had seen national team bobsleigh athletes training and thought that might be something he’d like to pursue.
He attended his first scouting combine at age 22 and a year later made his international bobsleigh debut in January 2015 at a North American Cup race. He returned to the North American Cup circuit to start the 2015-16 season before making his World Cup debut in January 2016 as a member of Christopher Spring’s four-man crew. He competed in a World Cup two-man race for the first time in February 2016 with pilot Nick Poloniato, with his world championship debut coming later in the year in the non-Olympic team event.
Stones moved to the World Cup circuit fulltime in 2016-17 and earned his first medal, a four-man bronze, in Lake Placid with Spring, Lascelles Brown and Sam Giguere. He was also in Spring’s four-man sled at the 2017 World Championships. Primarily racing in the four-man event with both Spring and Poloniato, Stones was part of three top-10 finishes during the 2017-18 World Cup season. He made his Olympic debut at PyeongChang 2018 as part of Poloniato’s 12th-place four-man crew.
During the 2018-19 season, Stones began pushing for Kripps in two-man and four-man events. They won three two-man medals along with a four-man gold during World Cup competitions. That was Stones’ first career World Cup victory. They capped the season with two-man silver and four-man bronze at the world championships in Whistler.
More success followed in 2019-20 as they won gold in three four-man World Cup races and added a pair of two-man podiums. One of those four-man victories came at the legendary Olympia Bobrun in St. Moritz, a career highlight for Stones.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian bobsleigh team only competed in the second half of the 2020-21 season. Kripps and Stones finished in the top-five in all of their two-man and four-man races, winning four medals. Back to a full schedule in 2021-22, Kripps finished as the second-ranked pilot in the two-man and four-man World Cup standings. He and Stones reached the podium in four two-man races and Stones was part of three podiums in four-man.
A Little More About Cam
Outside Interests: Graduated from McMaster University in 2015 with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science… Enjoys fly fishing and has a portable fly-tying kit that goes everywhere with him so he can prepare for the fishing season during his downtime on the road… Supports the Bow River chapter of Trout Unlimited… Odds and Ends: When he was 18 he got up really early to watch the Vancouver 2020 torch relay pass through his hometown… Favourite motto: “It’s better to show up to the race 80% fit and 100% healthy than 80% healthy and 100% fit”… Wife, Zoe Hickel, is a two-time world champion with Team USA in women’s hockey… Younger sister, Emma Stones, is a performer in Cirque du Soleil…
|PyeongChang 2018||Bobsleigh||Four-Man - Men||12|
|Beijing 2022||Bobsleigh||Two-Man - Men||10|
|Beijing 2022||Bobsleigh||Four-Man - Men||Bronze|
Notable International Results
Olympic Winter Games: 2022 - BRONZE (4-man), 10th (2-man); 2018 - 12th (4-man)
IBSF World Championships: 2021 - 10th (2-man), 5th (4-man); 2020 - 11th (2-man), DNS (4-man); 2019 - SILVER (2-man), BRONZE (4-man); 2017 - 13th (4-man), 6th (team); 2016 - 10th (team)
Junior World Rugby Trophy: 2012 - 6th; 2011 - 5th