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Canada's Justin Kripps ties for gold with Germany in two-man bobsleigh

Canada's Justin Kripps ties for gold with Germany in two-man bobsleigh

Germany and Canada both were winners in the two-man bobsled race at the Winter Olympics on Monday in the first gold-medal tie in the event since 1998. "He's a legend in the sport".

Canadian bobsled and skeleton high-performance director Chris Le Bihan said Kripps was in a zone for the entire race.

'There might not be another time when the Winter Olympics might be happening in Korea, so I'm so happy to get this medal'.

Kripps sat second after Sunday's first two heats at the Olympic Sliding Centre in Pyeongchang, but jumped into first on his third trip down the track that measures just over 1,375 metres with a time of 49.32 seconds.

Margis, who had pushed Latvia's Janis Strenga into third place by 0.05 seconds.

Defending Olympic champion Maddie Bowman of the United States fell on the final hit during each of her three runs in the finals.

The final two heats take place Monday, in which the Canadian team will hope to hold on to their spot and possibly advance ahead of the German duo.

"I chose to just kind of keep it quiet for the moment and just personally reflect on that for a bit and dedicate the race to her, and focus back up and get ready for the task at hand", he added.

"It's outrageous", he said of the tie, adding that he was just relieved that the gold didn't slip away.

"It was insane", Friedrich said.

"Justin was an absolute assassin", Le Bihan said. Consistency like that wins. But imperfect records like that may be a shock for Canadian curling fans who had gotten used to dominance on the world stage.

That surprising result prompted Canadian officials to shuffle the setup for the four and give him some of the program's better pushers - a last-minute switch that left some teammates bewildered.

But Kripps really started to make an impression on the bobsleigh circuit in recent years, including podium finishes at the world championships in 2017 and a stellar campaign this season, in which he only finished outside of the top three once in eight World Cup races - that time a fourth. All three pilots and brakemen will be back in the four-man competition.

Last week, Kripps said he felt good on the Pyeongchang track. The have won six speedskating golds in Korea so far, and 11 of the 27 medals on offer.


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