Canadian sleds finish fourth in women’s, men’s bobsled World Cup

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland — Canada’s Alysia Rissling and Heather Moyse and the team of Justin Kripps and Jesse Lumsden both finished fourth on Saturday in women’s and men’s World Cup bobsled action.

Rissling and Moyse, chalked up their best result in just four races together after finishing with a two-run time of two minutes 16.07 seconds on the world’s only non-refrigerated track.

“It feels great to finally have a good finish,” said Rissling. “I was so happy with my drives today, and we executed a new program at the start. It’s great knowing that when I string together consistent pushes, and drives, the results will be there.”

It was the best result for Edmonton’s Rissling since winning a bronze medal at the final World Cup race of her rookie season last year in Pyeongchang. This fall, the former varsity basketball player at the University of Alberta teamed up with two-time Olympic gold medallist, Heather Moyse of Summerside, P.E.I., to bring additional experience in the sled for her first run to the Olympic Winter Games. It has taken time for the second-year pilot and veteran brakeman to click in their drive to the podium.

“The start hasn’t been where we want it to be so we switched techniques for this race. We only got to practice the technique once in training so it still needs some work,” said Rissling. “We are both confident we can continue to build a much faster push in the next five weeks.”

Elana Myers Taylor and Lolo Jones of the United States were the team to beat on Saturday, winning with a time of 2:15.27. Germany’s Mariama Jamanka and Annika Drazek finished .21 seconds back in second at 2:15.48, while their teammates, Stephanie Schneider and Lisa Buckwitz, topped the Canadians for the bronze medal with a time of 2:15.76.

Testing new equipment, Canada’s top sled of Kaillie Humphries (Calgary) and Phylicia George (Markham, Ont.) struggled to a ninth-place finish with a time of 2:16.93. Christine de Bruin (Stony Plain, Alta.) and Melissa Lotholz (Barrhead, Alta.) secured the Canadian women three sleds at the Olympic Winter Games for the first time ever with a 14th place finish (2:17.21).

On the men’s side, Kripps of Summerland, B.C., and Lumsden of Burlington, Ont., led all three Canadian teams …read more



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