Christine de Bruin had been representing the University of Alberta in track and field for two years when she decided she was ready to stop competing. After hearing this, her coach convinced her to go to Calgary to try bobsleigh. He told her that her chances to make the national team in track were small, but her chances of going to the Olympics for bobsleigh were great. She soon made the development team as a brakeman, immediately taking a leave from school.
A year and a half in, she was redirected from the path of being a World Cup brakeman to a development pilot. Doubting this decision at first, she got all the confidence she needed when she finished fourth in her first North American Cup race in March 2013, less than two months after she started driving. In November 2015, de Bruin won three North American Cup races in a row. It was especially satisfying coming off a year when she was hindered by a bulged disc in her back. De Bruin made her World Cup debut as a pilot in December 2016 in Whistler. She finished a career-best sixth in November 2017 in Lake Placid with Cynthia Appiah.
A little more about Christine
Getting into the Sport: Started competing in bobsleigh at age 22… Outside Interests: Completed two years of a Bachelor of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta before putting studies on temporary hiatus to pursue bobsleigh… Enjoys riding her motorcycle and floating down the Bow River… Odds and Ends: Husband Ivo de Bruin is the top pilot for the Netherlands… Watching Donovan Bailey win the 100m at Atlanta 1996 inspired her dream to compete for Team Canada… Favourite quote: “It will cost you nothing to dream and everything not to.” – Rodney White…
Notable International Results
IBSF World Championships: 2017 – 13th (2-man); 2016 – 16th (2-man)