Bobsleigh team crashes

For Summerland’s Justin Kripps and his teammates in the four-man bobsleigh competition, the 2014 Winter Olympics was marred by a crash.

Justin Kripps, in foreground, along with his teammates in the four-man bobsleigh event crashed in the second heat of Olympic competition on Saturday. They were able to return to the bobsleigh track on Sunday.

Justin Kripps, in foreground, along with his teammates in the four-man bobsleigh event crashed in the second heat of Olympic competition on Saturday. They were able to return to the bobsleigh track on Sunday.

For Summerland’s Justin Kripps and his teammates in the four-man bobsleigh competition, the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia was marred by a crash on Saturday.

The Canadian sled turned on its side near the end of the course on Saturday.

The speed at the time was 129 kilometres an hour.

The first heat on Saturday went smoothly for Kripps and his teammates.

“Apart from a mistake in the 14th corner the run was very good,” he said.

“We also had a big start getting off the line in 4.76 seconds.”

In the second heat, the team attempted to correct the mistake from the first run, but instead the sled flipped onto its side.

“I was shocked when, just as I was about to start executing my steers in 14, my face smashed into the ice,” Kripps said. “After that I thought about trying to get my head low and I hoped everyone was okay.”

Before the crash, the team was in second place, but at the end of the heat, they were in 25th place with a time of 59.91 seconds.

“When it was done and the boys were okay, I was really rattled that our chances of medalling were over. But that’s racing and our team goes hard and unfortunately this time we crashed,” Kripps said.

While Kripps and teammate Jesse Lumsden received minor injuries, they were able to compete again the following day, even though they were out of the medal contention.

The Canadian team finished with the 10th-fastest time at the event on Sunday at the Sanki Sliding Center.

Despite Saturday’s crash, Kripps said the games were a good experience.

“At the start of the season we were considered a long shot just to qualify for the games and to challenge for a medal in both races was an incredible triumph for me and my team,” he said.

“There’s lots to come from us in the next few years and on to 2018.”

 

 

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