British Columbia’s Kripps takes second place in the two-man bobsleigh standings; Toronto’s Appiah third in monobob


Justin Kripps and Cam Stones won the silver medal in Saturday’s two-man bobsleigh World Cup final in Switzerland, while fellow Canadian Cynthia Appiah took third in the monobob, building momentum at the approaching the Beijing Olympics.

Kripps, of Summerland, B.C., and Stones, of Whitby, Ont., had their best result in St. Moritz, the birthplace of sliding sports, a result that earned them second place overall in the two-man bob.

“To finish second overall is amazing,” said Kripps, the reigning Olympic two-man champion. “It came down to today’s race in the battle for second place.

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“To be able to perform under such pressure and have our best overall result together is a good sign for Cam and me heading into the Games.”

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Germany’s Francesco Friedrich won Saturday’s race and the two-man title with a time of 2:11.76. Kripps and Stones finished second at 2:11.95.

The German walked away with the title of the season, compiling 1,703 points against 1,530 by the Canadians.

Appiah’s third place capped off a dream rookie season in monobob.

“It gives me so much confidence to end the monobob season with another podium, especially at the historic St. Moritz track,” said the Toronto native.

“Before this week, I had never ridden the (St. Moritz) track before, so finishing with a medal put a bit more wind in my sails heading to Beijing.”

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Kaillie Humphries, a two-time gold medalist for Canada but now racing for the United States, won Saturday’s monobob, while American Elana Meyers Taylor took the overall title.

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Humphries clocked 2:22.27 seconds, Meyers Taylor was second in 2:22.31. Appiah, who has never finished outside the top five this season, finished in 2:23.22.

“I tried not to think about my ranking during the season, but when I was No. 1 in the world (earlier this season) my new goal was to try to maintain it,” Appiah said.

“Although I didn’t win the overall standings, finishing third in points in my rookie season is a sign of things to come in my career and in my mind.”

Christine de Bruin of Stony Plain, Alta., was sixth Saturday, fourth in the season standings.

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Monobob – just a pilot in the sled – is part of the Olympic program for the first time this year.

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Men’s bobsleigh has always had two medal events, with two-man and four-man races. The addition of the monobob also gives women two medal opportunities at the Olympics, joining the traditional two-man race.

The Bobsleigh World Cup season ends on Sunday with a women’s race and a four-man race in St. Moritz.

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