Dying grandma predicted Olympic win - Canadian gold medallist

Jessica Allison
February 21, 2018

By a curious twist of fate, Canada were involved that time as well, with Pierre Lueders tying for gold with an Italian sled at the Games in Nagano.

Lueders coaches the South Korean bobsled team and was at the track to witness Kripps's medal.

"I thought we had won outright but then these guys jumped over and I thought, "Wow they are happy for us", " he said.

"I tried to keep my mind clear and do my thing and we laid down the best run I have ever had", Kripps said of the Canadian tandem's fourth and final run with a medal on the line Monday.

The medal was Latvia's second in bobsled history, winning a silver in the four-man at the 2014 Sochi Games.

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.

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) - Justin Kripps and Alexander Kopacz were thoroughly confused when they crossed the finish line.

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The two medal races will happen a little later, just before 8 a.m., and Canada will be in one of them no matter what.

"You see a number one on the time and it doesn't really tell you that you've tied so Justin realised sooner than I did that we had tied for first".

Canada's won four straight gold medals in women's hockey, a streak the USA team would love to break.

Justin Olsen and brakeman Evan Weinstock were the top American sled, placing 14th. "But I think we can put this behind us".

Those sanctions initially handed down by the International Olympic Committee in November were upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport right before the Games in Pyeongchang.

Cha, who had equaled the Olympic mark earlier in the final, took silver ahead of 20-year-old Gao Tingyu of China, who finished in 34.65 seconds.

Lorentzen is the first Norwegian champion over the distance since 1948. And the way things are looking, they both could win Olympic two-man medals on Monday night. He drove four solid runs to give the US a top-15 finish.

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