Canadian Four-Man Sleds Finish Mid-Field World Cup in Konigssee
January 18, 2015
—Team Kripps finishes 12th, Team Spring 14th and team Humphries returns to finish 18th—
KONIGSSEE, Ger.—Canada’s four-man bobsleighs slid into the middle of the World Cup field in Konigssee, Germany on Sunday.
Fresh off his bronze-medal win in the two-man race, Justin Kripps (Summerland, B.C.), and his crew of Joey Nemet (Burlington, Ont.), Bryan Barnett (Edmonton) and Ben Coakwell (Saskatoon) led the Canadians in 12th place at 1:38.99.
Calgary’s Chris Spring piloted his sled pushed by Derek Plug (Calgary), Alex Kopacz (London, Ont.), and Josh Kirkpatrick (Calgary) to 14th place with a time of 1:39.09.
Calgary’s Kaillie Humphries made her return to four-man racing in Konigssee. Competing in her first World Cup four-man race in Europe, Humphries and her team of DJ McClelland (Calgary), Dan Dale (Edmonton), and Efrem Violato (Calgary) slid to 18th place with a time of 1:39.74.
Germany’s Maximillian Arndt, Kevin Korona, Alexander Roediger, and Ben Heber won the men’s four-man race with a time of 1:32.72. Nico Wather, Andreas Bredau, Marko Huebenbecker, and Christian Poser, also of Germany, won the silver medal with a time of 1:37.74. Latvia’s Oskars Melbardis, Daumants Dreiskens, Arvis Vilkaste and Janis Strenga slid to the bronze medal for the second-straight week at 1:37.86.
The World Cup now travels to the birthplace of the sport in St. Moritz, Switzerland
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Top-Five and Canadian Results:
1. Arndt/Korona/Roediger/Heber, GER, 1:37.72; 2. Walther/Bredau/Huebenbecker/Poser, GER, 1:37.74; 3. Melbardis/Dreiskens/Vilkaste/Strenga, LAT, 1:37.86; 4. Friedrich/Bluhm/Grothkopp/Margis, GER, 1:37.97; 5. Kibermanis/Lusis/Zirups/Leiboms, LAT, 1:38.08
12. Kripps, Summerland, B.C./Nemet, Burlington, Ont./Barnett, Edmonton, Coackwell, Saskatoon, 1:38.99; 14. Spring, Calgary/Plug, Calgary/Kopacz, London, Ont./Kirkpatrick, Calgary, 1:39.09; 18. Humphries, Calgary/McClelland, Calgary/Dale, Edmonton/Violato, Calgary, 1:39.74