Justin Kripps teamed with brakeman Alex Kopacz to win gold in the two-man event at PyeongChang 2018. They were part of just the second ever tie for an Olympic bobsleigh gold medal, matching the four-run total time of Germans Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis. Kripps enjoyed the best World Cup season of his career in 2017-18 when he won the overall title in the two-man event after reaching the podium five of eight race and never finishing lower than fourth. He also had two podium finishes in the four-man event to be the top pilot in the combined rankings.
Kripps combined with brakeman Jesse Lumsden to win two-man silver at the 2017 World Championships. It was Canada’s first world medal in a men’s bobsleigh event since Lumsden won silver with pilot Lyndon Rush in 2012. Kripps experienced the ups and downs of Olympic competition at Sochi 2014, his first Games as a pilot. Designated as Canada-3, he and brakeman Bryan Barnett were the top Canadian sled in the two-man event with their sixth place finish and had even been sitting in fourth place after the first three runs. His driving ability on the Sochi track prompted a late reorganization of the crews for the four-man event, with Kripps given the best pushers on the team. Eighth after the first heat, the sled overturned on turn 12 in the second heat. Kripps was medically cleared to continue competing, although two of his crewmen were not, as the sled finished in last place.
After his introduction to bobsleigh in August 2006, Kripps spent three seasons as one of the top brakeman in Canada, leading to him being a member of Pierre Lueders’ four-man crew at Vancouver 2010. Following that experience, Kripps wanted to be in control so he decided to become a pilot and attended pilot school in the summer of 2010. He spent the 2010-11 season on the developmental North American Cup circuit and competed at the 2011 World Junior Championships, where he drove his four-man sled to a fifth-place finish and his two-man sled to an eighth-place finish. He started the 2011-12 season on the Europa Cup circuit before making his World Cup debut as a pilot in February 2012 in Whistler.
His first world championship appearance as a pilot was in 2012, where he won a bronze medal in the non-Olympic team competition, driving the men’s two-man sled that combined with runs by a women’s bobsled, a women’s skeleton and a men’s skeleton. Kripps’ first World Cup podium as a pilot was also his first victory when he won the two-man event in Königssee, Germany in January 2014. Through the 2016-17 season he had three more World Cup podiums: two-man bronze in Königssee in January 2015, four-man bronze in Lake Placid in January 2016, and two-man silver in Lake Placid in December 2016.
A little more about Justin…
Getting into the Sport: Got started in bobsleigh at age 18, drawn by it being a mix of track and field and race car driving… Participated in a testing camp in August 2006… Had been a varsity track and field athlete at Simon Fraser University… Outside Interests: Enjoys meditation and relaxation as well as local cigar lounges… During the off-season enjoys golfing and exploring the outdoors… On hiatus from his Bachelor of Science studies at Simon Fraser University… Odds and Ends: The highlight of his career was walking into the Opening Ceremony of Vancouver 2010… Nickname: Beastmode… Pre-competition ritual is to deep breathe peppermint oil and visualize the race… Had his Olympic dream sparked while watching Donovan Bailey win 100m gold at Atlanta 1996… Is continually inspired by watching athletes compete at the Olympic Games…
|2010 Vancouver||Bobsleigh||Four-Man - Men||5|
|2014 Sochi||Bobsleigh||Two-Man - Men||6|
|2014 Sochi||Bobsleigh||Four-Man - Men||29|
|2018 PyeongChang||Bobsleigh||Two-Man - Men||Gold|
Notable International Results
Olympic Winter Games: 2018 – GOLD (2-man), 6th (4-man); 2014 – 6th (two-man), 29th (four-man); 2010 – 5th (four-man, brakeman)
FIBT World Championships: 2017 – SILVER (two-man). 6th (four-man); 2016 - 16th (four-man), 8th (two-man), 2015 - 13th (four-man), 21st (two-man); 2013 – 12th (two-man), 21st (four-man); 2012 – 17th (two-man), DQ (four-man); 2009 – 10th (four-man, brakeman)
Olympic Winter Games: 2018 - GOLD (two-man)