BOBSLEIGH — TARGETING BEIJING 2022
2018 Olympic Gold Medalist
2019 World Championships — Silver Medal (2-Man) & Bronze Medal (4-Man)
2018 FIBT Crystal Globe Winner
2018 Calgary Male Athlete of the Year
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Hometown: Naalehu, Hawaii
Justin Kripps' story isn’t a Disney movie about an unlikely bobsledder but maybe it should be.
The son of humanitarian parents who worked globally for UNICEF, Justin split time growing up on the beaches of Na'alehu, Hawaii and Summerland, BC before committing to Simon Fraser University's varsity track and field team.
Introduced to bobsleigh in 2006, he discovered that the sport was the perfect blend of speed, strategy and strength.
After three seasons as a brakeman in the Canadian four-man bobsleigh – including a trip to Vancouver 2010 – he took control of the sled and quickly became one of the top pilots in the world.
When a driving error in Sochi 2014 left the team at the bottom of the field, Justin came back the following season more focused than ever.
Kripps and his partner Alex Kopacz grabbed the Crystal Globe in 2018 and followed it up just months later when they won a gold medal in PyeongChang 2018 – becoming the first Olympic Champions from Canada in the sport since Nagano 1998.
From last to first in one Olympic quadrennial.
Not one for pre-race pump-up speeches, Justin and his team continued to focus on the power that comes from knowing everything is in place for them to succeed.
And now, as the veteran of the Canadian team pushing to his fourth Olympics Justin will look to defend his title and write a Hollywood-worthy ending to an unlikely story:
Hawaiian-born bobsledder wins back-to-back golds for Canada in Beijing 2022.
Bring on Beijing.