Christine De Bruin

Sport:Bobsleigh
Position:Pilot
Height:170cm
Weight:78kg
Birth Date:Mar. 3, 1989 (age 30)
Birth Place:Edmonton
Residence:Stony Plain, Alta.
Hometown:Stony Plain, Alta.
Twitter:@ChristineBushie
Instagram:@christinerdebruin

Christine de Bruin had been representing the University of Alberta in track and field for two years when she decided she was ready to stop competing. After hearing this, her coach convinced her to go to Calgary to try bobsleigh. He told her that her chances to make the national team in track were small, but her chances of going to the Olympics for bobsleigh were great. She soon made the development team as a brakeman, immediately taking a leave from school.

A year and a half in, she was redirected from the path of being a World Cup brakeman to a development pilot. Doubting this decision at first, she got all the confidence she needed when she finished fourth in her first North American Cup race in March 2013, less than two months after she started driving. In November 2015, Christine won three North American Cup races in a row. It was especially satisfying coming off a year when she was hindered by a bulged disc in her back. Christine made her World Cup debut as a pilot in December 2016 in Whistler. She finished a career-best sixth in November 2017 in Lake Placid with Cynthia Appiah.

Her career development into a world-class pilot went to a whole new level in 2018 when she qualified to represent Canada at Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, Korea. Christine teamed up with Melissa Lotholz to an impressive seventh-place finish in their Olympic debut.

Constantly pushing to stronger, faster and a better pilot, Christine accomplished another first in the post-Olympic year where she drove to her first World Cup podium with Kristen Bujnowski. The two Canucks captured the world’s attention again with a silver-medal finish at a World Cup stop in Altenberg.

Christine started competing in bobsleigh at age 22. She has completed two years of a Bachelor of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta before putting studies on temporary hiatus to pursue bobsleigh. Christine enjoys riding her motorcycle and floating down the Bow River. Her husband, Ivo de Bruin, is the top pilot for the Netherlands. Christines says watching Donovan Bailey win the 100m at Atlanta 1996 inspired her dream to compete for Team Canada. Her favourite quote: “It will cost you nothing to dream and everything not to.” – Rodney White…

Career Highlights

2018 – Olympic Winter Games, PyeongChang, KOR: 7
2019 – World Cup, Altenberg, GER: 2
2019 – World Cup, Altenberg, GER: 2
2018 – Europe Cup, Konigssee, GER: 1 (Monobob)
2017 – World Cup, Igls, AUT: 9
2017 – World Cup, Whistler, CAN: 9
2017 – World Cup, Lake Placid, USA: 6
2016 – World Cup, Lake Placid, USA: 8

Olympic Winter Games Results

2018 – Olympic Winter Games, PyeongChang, KOR: 7

World Championship Results

2019 – World Championships, Whistler, CAN: 3(2-woman), 2(team)
2017 – World Championships, Konigssee, GER: 11
2016 – World Championships, Igls, AUT: 16

World Cup Results

2019 – World Cup, Lake Placid, USA: 2
2019 – World Cup, Konigssee, GER: 10
2019 – World Cup, Altenberg, GER: 2
2018 – Europe Cup, Konigssee, GER: 1 (Monobob)
2018 – World Cup, Konigssee, GER: 14
2018 – World Cup, St. Moritz, SUI: 14
2018 – World Cup, Altenberg, GER: 13
2017 – World Cup, Igls, AUT: 9
2017 – World Cup, Whistler, CAN: 9
2017 – World Cup, Lake Placid, USA: 6
2017 – World Cup, Igls, AUT: 11
2016 – World Cup, Lake Placid, USA: 8
2016 – World Cup, Whistler, CAN: 12