Weather beats Lumsden and mates

bobsleighWorld Cup rookie pilot Justin Kripps drove just shy of his career-best four-man finish when he placed 10th on Sunday (Dec. 9) in Winterberg, Germany.

The 25-year-old Kripps, of Summerland, B.C., and his crew of James McNaughton, of Newmarket, Ont., Sam Giguere, of Sherbrooke, Que., and Nick Carriere, of Rockland, Ont., clocked a time of 1:51.00. Kripps’ previous best finish was ninth at a World Cup in Calgary last year.

Heavy snow and windy conditions got the best of Lyndon Rush, of Humboldt, Sask., and his team of Ottawa’s Cody Sorensen, Jesse Lumsden, of Burlington, and Edmonton’s Neville Wright in the Canada 1 sled. The top Canucks placed 13th at 1:51.33.

The Russian team of Alexander Zubkov, Alexey Nedgodaylo, Dimitry Trunenkov, and Maxim Mokrousov remained unbeaten in four-man this year, winning their fourth straight race with a time of 1:50.6