Justin Kripps and his teammates are competing in four-man bobsleigh at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Kripps also competed in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. COC Photo by Jason Ransom.

Kripps prepares for four-man bobsleigh

Justin Kripps and his teammates are preparing for the four-man bobsleigh competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea this weekend.

The bobsleigh events will be held this weekend at the Olympic Sliding Centre. They will be held Friday and Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

Kripps, from Summerland, along with teammates Jesse Lumsden, Alexander Kopacz and Oluseyi Smith have completed six official training heats.

On Wednesday, in the first training heat, Kripps and his teammates finished in third place with a time of 49.45 seconds.

Their time was 0.17 seconds behind the first-place German team of Nico Walther, Kevin Kuske, Christian Poser and Eric Franke.

Kripps and his teammates were just 0.06 seconds behind the second-place team of Johannes Lochner, Alexander Roediger, Christopher Weber and Christian Rasp, also from Germany.

In the second heat on Wednesday, Kripps and his teammates finished in fifth place with a time of 49.56 seconds, 0.25 seconds behind Nico Walther’s German team.

In the third training heat, on Thursday, Kripps and his teammates finished 12th out of 29 teams. Their time of 495.61 seconds was 0.54 behind the top team from Austria.

In the fourth heat, the team finished in 21st place, with a time of 50.05 seconds, 0.79 seconds behind the fastest team from Germany.

On Friday, Kripps and his teammates had much stronger showings.

In the fifth training heat, Kripps and his teammates finished in sixth place. Their time of 49.72 seconds was 0.33 seconds behind the top-ranked Swiss team.

In the sixth training heat, they ended in fifth place, with a time of 49.87 seconds, 0.36 seconds behind the Swiss team.

In earlier bobsleigh competition at the Winter Olympics, Kripps and Kopacz were tied for gold in the two-man event.

Just Posted

Severe thunderstorm watch issued for the Okanagan

Possible rainfall rates of up to 25 milimetres in one hour.

Used needle falls from sky in Vernon

A Vernon resident said a syringe fell out of the sky and landed at his feet

New bike park unveiled in Vernon

Becker Park transformed to include trails for kids and adults

Mercury rises in the Okanagan-Shuswap

Temperatures reach about 36 C with humidex in the Okanagan and Shuswap

Baby locked in truck amid Vernon heatwave

Vernon child reunited with mother within minutes thanks to emergency crews

VIDEO: B.C.’s ‘unicycle cowboy’ aspires to be rancher one day

Burklan Johnson has only ridden a horse once, but this unicyclist has big plans to become a cowboy.

California court hears tales of shackled, starved children

David and Louise Turpin have pleaded not guilty to torture, child abuse of their 12 children

Trudeau in nothern B.C. to announce pledge to protect oceans

Prime minister announces conservation agreement with 14 First Nations

FIFA World Cup weekly roundup

Host nation Russia remains unbeaten in Group A, tied with Uruguay

Star Gazing: Using a large telescope

Ken Tapping, astronomer with the National Research Council’s Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory

Trudeau says he can’t imagine Trump damaging U.S. by imposing auto tariffs

New tariffs on Canadian autos entering the U.S. would amount to a self-inflicted wound on the U.S. economy

Temperature records broken across B.C., again

The first heat wave of the season went out with a bang across the province

Canada’s first national accessibility law tabled in Ottawa

The introduction of the Accessible Canada Act marked a key step towards greater inclusion

Police chief calls for mass casualty plan in Saskatchewan after Broncos crash

Former Saskatoon police chief Clive Weighill said the office was tasked with creating such a plan 13 years ago but none exists

Most Read