Olympic Champion Justin Kripps retires, Photos: IBSF / Viesturs Lacis

Also Cam Stones and Ryan Sommer end their bobsleigh careers

Calgary (RWH) Bobsleigh Olympic Champion Justin Kripps (CAN) will no longer be on the pilot seat for the upcoming 2022-2023 season. The 35-year-old announced his retirement from competitive sport on Instagram. "16 years of living my dream, wearing the maple leaf proudly while representing this great country all over the world. It’s been my greatest challenge and the most rewarding adventure of my life. I pushed myself further than I thought possible and learned who I was in the process. I wouldn’t change even the worst day or the hardest struggle I had because my greatest moments seemed to arrive right after the most difficult times. Thanks to all my teammates, coaches, family, and everyone who’s helped me along the way and thank you Canada for always cheering and supporting me!", wrote the Hawaiian-born Kripps. 

Justin Kripps' greatest success was Olympic gold in the 2-man bobsleigh at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games - with push athlete Alex Kopacz and tied with the German duo Francesco Friedrich/Thorsten Margis. In addition, the Canadian was the overall World Cup winner in the small sled in 2018 and won World Championships silver twice (2017 and 2019).

Justin Kripps' last race was the Olympic 4-man bobsleigh race at the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing. He won the bronze medal with Benjamin Coakwell, Cam Stones and Ryan Sommer. Stones and Sommer also announced their retirement on Instagram the same day as Kripps.

>> Justin Kripps at ibsf.org

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