ALTENBERG, Germany — Christine de Bruin captured World Cup gold within the ladies’s monobob to guide Canada on a three-medal day Saturday.
Cynthia Appiah was second within the ladies’s monobob, whereas Justin Kripps and Cam Stones gained bronze within the two-man occasion.
De Bruin. a 32-year-old from Stony Plain, Alta., earned her first-ever World Cup gold with a time of 1 minute 59.96 seconds. The six-time World Cup medallist within the two-woman occasion was trailing Appiah after the primary run by simply 0.01 seconds.
“I am nonetheless in shock,” de Bruin mentioned. “I believed for certain I’d get my first win within the two-woman, not monobob, but it surely feels nice and reveals that we’re proper on observe.”
De Bruin improved her begin time by 0.05 seconds on the ultimate run and navigated the 17-corner, 1,413-metre observe to victory.
“It is nice to have Cynthia and Melissa (Lotholz) right here on the World Cup,” De Bruin mentioned. “Each ladies are phenomenal push athletes, and each raced with me earlier than beginning to drive in 2018. It is superior to see them each grow to be world-class drivers now, and that has pushed me to be higher as an athlete as properly.”
Kaillie Humphries, who gained back-to-back Olympic gold for Canada and is now competing for the U.S., completed third.
The 31-year-old Appiah, who has two silvers and a bronze in her final three races, mentioned a expensive mistake close to the underside of the observe price her the gold on Saturday.
“I am tremendous pleased to have gained my third medal in a row, however tremendous disillusioned with my second run. Issues began to snowball and regardless of preventing again in every nook, it wasn’t sufficient to carry onto the lead,” mentioned Appiah, who leads the general World Cup standings within the monobob.
“I am very assured that I can medal in each race. I do know my begins are killer, and I can money in on that benefit that I give myself if I put down two respectable runs every race.”
Lotholz, from Barrhead, Alta., was ninth.
Within the two-man, Kripps, from Summerland, B.C., and Stones, from Whitby, Ont., had been seventh after the primary run, however the 34-year-old Kripps had the third-fastest push and virtually flawless driving on the second run to complete third in 1:50.68.
“We did not have one of the best draw going off thirteenth on the primary run. The observe frosted up a bit and I had a mistake on the backside, however the second run was extra even and we stepped up with an enormous push and a superb drive,” mentioned Kripps.
It was the nineteenth profession World Cup two-man medal for Kripps. 9 of them have include the 29-year-old Stones in his sled for the reason that two joined forces following the 2018 Olympics.
Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis gained the gold (1:50.37), whereas fellow Germans Christoph Hafer and Issam Ammour had been second (1:50.59).
Chris Spring of Vancouver and Mike Evelyn of Ottawa had been fourth.