Summerland's Kripps finishes sixth in two-man bobsled in Sochi

Bobsledders Justin Kripps and Bryan Barnett of Canada Team 3. - Submitted photo
Bobsledders Justin Kripps and Bryan Barnett of Canada Team 3.
— image credit: Submitted photo

Summerland’s Justin Kripps and teammate Bryan Barnett finished sixth in the two-man bobsleigh at the 2014 Sochi Olympics Monday.

Kripps’ Canada 3 sled finished 1.23 hundreths of a second behind Russian Federation 1, which claimed the gold medal.

After their final run, Kripps tilted his head back in what appeared to be disappointment.

In an email to the Western News, Kripps said he knew they didn’t do enough to challenge for a medal.

“I decided to take some risks in the track to try to shave off some time because I believe if we did what we had been doing, we would have came fourth and I wanted to go all or nothing for the medal,” he wrote.

Kripps said he drove better on day two, but pushed better on the first day.

Kripps added heat three was their best drive, and the risks he took in the final heat resulted in mistakes.




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