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Kripps wins World Cup title

Summerland's Justin Kripps has positioned himself as one of the favourites to capture gold at the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Kripps captured his first overall Wold Cup title in two-man bobsled Saturday with a third place finish at the final World Cup event in Koenigssee, Germany.

"Winning the overall is absolutely huge," said the 31-year-old Kripps.

"It's been a dream of mine since I started driving. I'm really proud of both Alex (Kopacz) and Jesse (Lumsden) who both pushed very well to share the two-man workload. It's incredible we didn't finish worse than fourth the whole season."

Over the eight-race season, Kripps hit the podium five time, winning once, finishing second three time and third twice.

Despite a disappointing 17th place finish Saturday, teammate Chris Spring was third in World Cup points.

Francesco Friedrich of Germany was fastest down the track in both runs to capture the title Saturday, 0.44 seconds ahead of Kripps.

Kripps finished third in the four-man bobsled World Cup.

Canadian Kaillie Humphries captured the women's World Cup bobsled title, marking just the second time Canadian men and women have captured World Cup titles in the same year.

Kripps will be heading into his third Olympic games. He has never won a medal at the Olympics, finishing fifth in the four-man event in Vancouver in 2010 and sixth (two-man) and 29th (four-man) in Sochi, Russia in 2014.



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