Kripps’ new ride

Justin Kripps and his crew will be in Germany this weekend for World Cup races

SUMMERLAND'S JUSTIN KRIPPS kneels next to his new two-man sled for the World Cup season that begins this weekend in Altenberg

SUMMERLAND'S JUSTIN KRIPPS kneels next to his new two-man sled for the World Cup season that begins this weekend in Altenberg

Summerland’s Justin Kripps is ready to get the 2015-16 World Cup Bobsleigh going in Altenberg, Germany.

Kripps already led his team to victory in the Canadian selection races earlier this month and then to gold in the first North American Cup in Calgary.

The Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton website reports that Kripps, a two-time Olympian and winner of two World Cup medals, will head into the World Cup as the top-ranked Canadian pilot.

Kripps will also pilot the lone Canadian sled for the opening three races of the World Cup season in the four-man event. Kripps and his team of Ben Coakwell, Alex Kopacz, and Josh Kirkpatrick are in Germany where the first three races of the season will be held. The second is in Winterberg Dec.5-6 and the third in Koenigsee Dec.12-13.

Team Canada then returns home,  rests and trains to be ready for the season in January for the North American segment in (Lake Placid, Park City, Whistler), then back over to Europe for the final races (St.Moritz and Koenigsee) and World Championships which will be held in Igls, Austria in February.

Kripps’ off-season training went well and he is looking forward to a good season. Funding is always a concern and Kripps is very appreciative of the ongoing support he receives from Summerland’s Pharmasave. Team Kripps is again doing a fundraiser T-shirt sales campaign and if you would like to be a part of Team Kripps this year you can go to www.teespring.com/kripps

Money from the T-shirt sales goes directly to help with the athletes’  team fees.  You can follow Justin and his team’s season at  www.justinkripps.ca or through facebook justinkripps, or on Twitter @justinkripps.