Justin Kripps stands atop 4-man bobsleigh podium in Lake Placid

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Justin Kripps remained on the podium for a second consecutive week in Lake Placid, N.Y., winning a gold medal in Saturday’s season-opening four-man bobsled World Cup race.

Canadian, teammates picked up pair of bronze medals last weekend

Justin Kripps led Canada to a World Cup victory in four-man bobsleigh on Saturday at Lake Placid, N.Y. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images File)

Justin Kripps remained on the podium for a second consecutive week in Lake Placid, N.Y., winning a gold medal in Saturday’s season-opening four-man bobsled World Cup race.

Kripps, Ryan Sommer, Cameron Stones and Benjamin Coakwell finished two runs in one minute 49.50 seconds to beat Latvia’s sled driven by Oskars Kibermanis (1:49.89) and Austria’s Benjamin Maier (1:49.97).

On Dec. 8, Kripps and Stones collected bronze in the two-man event, one day after Coakwell and Kripps battled their way onto the podium in third, after a shaky first run left them in fifth spot.

Francesco Friedrich was fourth on Saturday, only the second time in the past 17 World Cup four-man races that Germany failed to reach the medal podium โ€” the other occurring last year, also at Mount Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid.

WATCH | Justin Kripps pilots Canada to 4-man gold:

The Canadian quartet raced to a combined time of 1:49.50 to claim the gold medal at the IBSF World Cup event in Lake Placid, N.Y. 3:13

A second four-man race is scheduled for Sunday in Lake Placid after last weekend’s opening event of the season saw two two-man races but no four-man competitions.

The women’s bobsled race is later Saturday.


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