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.
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.
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.