Kripps competes in bobsleigh championships

Summerland bobsleigh athlete Justin Kripps is competing at the World Championships in Winterberg, Germany.

Justin Kripps and Bryan Barnett slide their way to sixth place in recent two-man bobsleigh competition.

Justin Kripps and Bryan Barnett slide their way to sixth place in recent two-man bobsleigh competition.

Summerland bobsleigh athlete Justin Kripps is competing at the World Championships in Winterberg, Germany.

The championships began on Tuesday and will continue to March 7 and will feature two-person and four-person competitions.

“This has been a long and difficult season, with 10 weeks of racing in Europe in the second half,” Kripps said. “It has been a grind but we’re still having some decent results in spite of it all. We have managed to move up a bit in the world rankings, which is good.”

He said the track is flat near the top, but has more difficult sections near the bottom.

“The keys are going to be big start times and being clean through the tricky sections,” he said.

Kripps expects the toughest competition will be from the Latvians, as well as the Germans, who will have the home track advantage.

Kripps and his teammates finished fourth in the two- and four-person events at the last World Cup event in Sochi, Russia earlier this month.

Overall, Kripps finished the season in seventh place in the two-person and in ninth place in the four-person category.

Last year, the team was ranked 11th and 10th respectively.

Kripps and Bryan Barnett are in the two-person category. In the four-person category, they are joined by Tim Randall and Ben Coakwell.

 

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