CALGARY — Canada’s Olympic bobsled champion Justin Kripps is turning into a coach.
The 35-year-old from Summerland, B.C., is becoming a member of the nationwide bobsled crew as this system’s new technical coach. The transfer comes two weeks after Kripps introduced he was retiring from competitors after 16 years within the sport.
“I am extraordinarily excited to tackle this new position and cross on the data I’ve accrued over my profession,” Kripps mentioned in a launch. “I believe teaching is the easiest way for me to have a constructive impression on the subsequent era of athletes. I am trying ahead to working with this system and our crew of coaches to assist all of those athletes obtain their very own efficiency objectives and desires whereas creating my very own expertise as a coach.”
Kripps is the one Canadian to pilot each a two- and four-man sled to the Olympic podium, racing to gold within the two-man with Alex Kopacz in 2018, after which bronze within the four-man on the Beijing Olympics in February, with Ryan Sommer, Cam Stones and Benjamin Coakwell.
“He garners great resepct,” mentioned Chris Le Bihan, the excessive efficiency director of Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton. “There is no such thing as a doubt his intensive expertise and data of what it takes to hit the beginning line and win will assist guarantee Canada’s bobsleigh athletes, in all positions of the sled, work collectively as a crew to proceed to chase down the worldwide podium.”
Kripps, a four-time Olympian, advised The Canadian Press final month that he’d achieved greater than he’d ever dreamt of within the sport, and puzzled after successful bronze this previous winter in Beijing: “The place’s the motivation going to return from to work as laborious as I must for one more 4 years? I need to put that vitality some other place.”
He mentioned security had additionally change into a priority after a few crashes this previous season. The worry of everlasting injury was robust to shake.
Kripps made his Olympic debut in 2010, after which moved into the pilot’s seat beneath the teaching steering of two-time Olympic medallist Pierre Lueders, who went on to teach Canada, Russia and South Korea.
Kripps made his World Cup debut as a pilot in 2012 in Whistler, B.C., and rapidly blossomed into one of many world’s high drivers.
He captured 10 Crystal Globes as the general World Cup factors chief, 5 world championship titles, and 44 World Cup podium finishes.
American Todd Hays, an Olympic silver medallist, will stay as head coach of the Canada’s bobsled program. Belgium’s Elfje Willemsen, a three-time Olympic, will proceed as a technical coach, whereas Lyndon Rush, a bronze medallist on the 2010 Olympics, returns as technical driving coach.