Two-time Olympic medalist Justin Kripps becomes technical coach

Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton announced Friday that the former bobsledder will now take on technical coaching duties.

The 35-year-old Canadian is the only Canadian to have won an Olympic medal in the two-man and four-man.

Justin Kripps, Jesse Lumsden, Alexander Kopacz and Oluseyi Smith at the 2018 Olympics

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He is embarking on a new chapter in his career, drawing on his vast technical expertise as a pilot to mentor a new generation of athletes.

Justin has had great success on the international scene by continuing his journey as an athlete within the Canadian system, first as a brakeman and then as a driver. Now, as a coach, he wants to help athletes follow in his footstepssaid Chris Le Bihan, High Performance Director at Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton.

He earned everyone’s respect. With his great track record, he will be a first-class instructor, believes Mr. Le Bihan. It will bring a good dose of motivation and create a pleasant, positive and welcoming atmosphere that will help our athletes to prepare.

He will ensure that all athletes work together as a team and continue to aim to achieve international podium finishes.he adds.

Two bobsledders set off at the start of the race.

Justin Kripps and Cam Stones at the 2022 Winter Olympics

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Justin Kripps ended his athletic career on August 25 after a run that included an Olympic gold medal in the two-man at the 2018 Games, a bronze medal in the four-man at the 2022, 10 crystal globes, 5 world championship titles and 44 World Cup podiums.

I look forward to taking on this new role and passing on the knowledge I have acquired during my career.explains Justin Kripps.

The role of coach is the best way to have a positive impact on the next generation of athletes. I look forward to joining the program and the coaching staff to help all of these athletes achieve their performance goals, while developing my own skills as a coach.

American Todd Hays, Olympic silver medalist, continues in his role as head coach of the national program. Belgium’s Elfje Willemsen remains a technical trainer, as does Lyndon Rush as technical flight trainer.

I firmly believe that continuity is a key factor for success. This group of coaches brings together a wealth of experience. And with his great insight, he will be able to offer athletes the resources they need and deserve.concludes Chris LeBihan.

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