Yanqing (RWH) Bobsleigh pilot Justin Kripps of Canada, the 2018 Olympic Champion in 2-man bobsleigh, clocked the best time in the first official training session for the 2022 Winter Olympics. With push athlete Cam Stones, Kripps posted a time of 59.83 seconds in the first training run and was one of the few pilots to stay under one minute. Besides Kripps, the Swiss Michael Vogt/Sandro Michel and Johannes Lochner/Florian Bauer (GER) also managed this with 59.84 seconds each, as well as Rudy Rinaldi/Boris Vain from Monaco with 59.99 seconds. Sun Kaizhi/Wu Qingze and Li Chunjian/Liu Wie of Olympic host China did not compete at the training start before the Winter Games on their home track.
Best time in the first official Olympic training in the discipline women's monobob, which will enter the big Olympic stage for the first time on February 13, clocked Australia’s Bree Walker with 1.04:40 minutes. Best start times had Cynthia Appiah (CAN, 5.69 seconds. From the home team from China, Huai Mingming and Ying Qing achieved training times among the top ten. ©RWH2022
Photos: IBSF / Viesturs Lacis