Congratulations to Alberta athlete Christine de Bruin for piloting her Canadian sled to a bronze medal position in World Championships. Joining Christine was the powerhouse brakewoman Kristen Bujnowski, The pair put in 4 solid runs to stand on the World Championship podium at the very demanding Altenberg Germany track. They also finished ahead of top German hometown favourites! Alberta Bobsleigh is proud to be part of your journey.
What a great day! Our provincial championships was held in -21 degree weather, but the sizeable crowd kept the athletes pumped and ready to push. Thank you everyone for braving the cold to support the athletes. It was a very close race for first place in the men's category. Derek van den Brink and Nick Martin were just edged out by the mixed team of Jess Hansen and Zack McEachern. In third place was the team of Rolandu Isidro and Jerby Deriada. The women's division was won by Taylor Rooke and Emily Pickett. Congratulations to all of our competitors, and thank you for a great season.
Tonight was the third race of the Alberta Cup series. We were going for consistency in this one. The first place team of Heath Spence and Chase Osiowy had only .11 of a second between the first and second runs. Second place was Taylor Rooke and Emily Pickett with .22 between the runs. Derek van den Brink and Nick Martin took third with a difference of .35 seconds. Thanks everyone for making it a fun event.
Some great results in our second of three Alberta Cup races. We were joined by two Korean sleds to further push our local sliders. The fast starting team of Jin Su Kim and Dae Hwan Kim took the top spot in the race, followed by Taylor Rooke (the only woman in the race) and her brakeman Zack McEachern. Rounding out the top three was Derek van den Brink with brakeman Nick Martin. Well done everyone.
Huge congratulations from everyone at Alberta Bobsleigh to the Canadian gold medal winners Justin Kripps and Alexander Kopacz in the Olympic 2man race. All of our men's teams placed really well in a large and competitive field. Nick Poloniato and Jesse Lumsden placed 7th and Chris Spring with Lascelles Brown in 10th. Three sleds in the top ten at the Olympics is a major win.
Congratulations to the winners of the men's and women's Provincial Championship races this weekend. The 2man team of Taylor Austin and DJ McClelland took 1st on the men's side and a big win for Taylor Rooke and Andrea Kotyk in the women's race. Thank you to all the Alberta and Canadian athletes and to team China for making this a very enjoyable race.