Sports Canada's Kripps, Giguere win bronze at season's final 2-man bobsleigh event
Canada's Justin Kripps scores 4-man bobsleigh gold in Switzerland
Justin Kripps piloted Canada's four-man bobsleigh team to a gold-medal finish in Sunday's four-man event at St. Moritz, Switzerland, on Sunday. Cam Stones, Ryan Sommer and Ben Coakwell on the natural track, and site of the final World Cup four-man race of the season.Their two-run time of two minutes 11.12 seconds was 13-100ths faster that Oskars Kibermanis and his Latvian sled (2:11.25).Germany's Johannes Lochner took bronze in 2:11.46.It marked the eighth World Cup four-man medal of Kripps' career.Francesco Friedrich's sixth-place finish in St.
A new day, new brakeman and the same result for Justin Kripps, who piloted Canada to a second bronze medal in as many days Sunday at the final 2-man World Cup event of the season in Sigulda, Latvia.
The 33-year-old reigning Olympic champion from Summerland, B.C., was joined by former Canadian Football League receiver Sam Giguere of Sherbrooke, Que., for the first time and posted a two-run time of one minute 39.59 seconds.
Canada's Gilles, Poirier win ice dance silver at ISU Four Continents
Canada's Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier won the silver medal in ice dancing on Friday at the ISU Four Continents figure skating competition in Seoul, South Korea. Madison Chock and Evan Bates of the U.S. successfully defended their title with 213.18 points followed by the Canadian champions at 210.18, a personal best international score. Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue of the U.S., first after the rhythm dance, took the bronze at 208.72.
"It was really good today," Kripps told Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton after earning his 17th 2-man medal. "These are the first races we have had on this track, so we were just trying to get in the medals. We managed to get on the podium in both races."
Kripps and Saskatoon's Ben Coakwell placed third in Saturday's 2-man race after Yun-jong Won of South Korea and Switzerland's Simon Friedli crashed on their runs in Sigulda, Latvia. They clocked 1:39.53 on the 1,200-metre track.
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It was Kripps' first podium finish in the event since Dec. 8 when he and Cam Stones were third in Lake Placid, N.Y. Stones has sat out races of late to rest for the world championships in Altenberg, Germany, starting Feb. 21.
Canada's Vasek Pospisil loses to Gael Monfils in Open Sud de France final
MONTPELLIER, France — Vancouver's Vasek Pospisil lost to top-seeded Gael Monfils 7-5, 6-3 in the final of the Open Sud de France on Sunday. Pospisil had hoped to win his first ATP Tour trophy in his second final. The 29-year-old defeated second seed David Goffin of Belgium in three sets to reach the championship match. "It was an incredible week," said Pospisil. "I had great wins and I feel like I am definitely improving week-by-week. I will try to rest now, take a couple of days easy and get ready for the next event."Pospisil entered the match ranked 132nd on the ATP Tour, while Monfils is world No. 9.
Similar to Saturday, Kripps and Giguere sat fifth after their first run down the 16-corner chute and battled back to the podium after putting down the second-fastest time in the final heat in 49.81 seconds.
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Kibermanis, Mikniss stay atop podium
"The ice conditions were a bit different for the first few sleds who had a bit of an advantage today," Kripps said. "We had two good pushes and two good drives.
"This is a driver's track. It is similar to Lake Placid in that it is very busy, there is lots of driving to do, but you also have to let the sled run."
Latvia's Oskars Kibermanis and Matiss Mikniss thrilled the home crowd by following up Saturday's win with another victory in 1:39.18. Switzerland's Simon Friedli and Gregory Jones were second at 1:39.54.
Canadian speedskating star Kim Boutin to skip final World Cup stop
DRESDEN, Germany — Canadian short-track speedskater Kim Boutin has withdrawn from the final World Cup stop of the season. The announcement from Speed Skating Canada comes after Boutin won a gold medal in the women's 500 metres at a World Cup in Dresden on the weekend. Boutin said in a release that she will head home to Montreal to prepare for the World Short Track Championships in Seoul, South Korea on March 13-15. Courtney Sarault (Moncton,The announcement from Speed Skating Canada comes after Boutin won a gold medal in the women's 500 metres at a World Cup in Dresden on the weekend.
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Kripps, along with Coakwell, Giguere and Stones of Whitby, Ont., finish third in the overall World Cup standings. Kripps secured the Crystal Globe as season title winner after piloting the Canadian sled to four bronze medals and one silver in eight races.
"It's good to know we are always fighting for the podium in every race," said Kripps, who was second in the combined standings, thanks to a third-place finish in the overall 4-man rankings.
"Finishing on the podium in the overall shows the level we are at. We had a couple of throwaway races where we were trying different things to get better that maybe held us back from second overall, but I'm happy to get another Crystal Globe."
Canadians de Bruin, Bujnowski claim world championship bobsled bronze medal .
ALTENBERG, Germany — Another world championship bronze medal for Canadians Christine de Bruin and Kristen Bujnowski. The Canadian bobsled women came from behind on the final two runs to finish third at the BMW IBSF World Championships for a second straight year. "This one feels so good, we didn’t expect it at all," said de Bruin, of Stony Plain, Alta. “After (Friday's) runs, we just said let’s keep doing the things we have been doing and plugging away. I am so happy."The Canadians were fifth following the first two runs Friday."Honestly, our thought process was the same as it always is,” said Bujnowski, of Mount Brydges, Ont.