Canada two-man bobsledders fall short in Sochi

Canada's Justin Kripps (left) and Bryan Barnett at the end of their fourth run at the Sanki sliding...

Canada's Justin Kripps (left) and Bryan Barnett at the end of their fourth run at the Sanki sliding Center, in Sochi, Russia, Feb. 17, 2014. (DIDIER DEBUSSCHERE/QMI Agency)

Ted Wyman, Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 4:42 PM ET

KRASNAYA POLYANA, RUSSIA - In need of the run of their lives, Canada’s Justin Kripps and Bryan Barnett could not dig deep enough and saw their medals hopes in two-man bobsled quickly slip away.

The Canada-3 sledders entered the final run in fourth place and needed to make up nine-tenths of a second to get onto the podium, but they faltered, had their worst run of the competition and fell to sixth place.

Chris Spring and Jesse Lumsden in Canada-2 finished seventh, while Lyndon Rush and Lascelles Brown in Canada-1 came in ninth.

Alexander Subkov in Russia-1 took the gold medal, while Beat Hefti of Switzerland took silver and Steven Holcomb of the United States won the bronze.

Kripps said he had to go for it on the last run, knowing the people in front of him were not likely to open the door.

“With Holcomb in front of us we knew he wouldn't make a mistake,” Kripps said. “He doesn't make mistakes. So we decided to go big or go home."

For Lumsden, the former CFL star who is competing in his second Olympics, the result was disappointing.

"We did some real good things but we made some mistakes,” he said. “It's the Olympics, so everyone is on their A-game.”

Lumsden did not have any family join him in Sochi, but he knows the support was there.

“I know they're having a huge party in my living room and I'm sure my mom is crying.”

Canada will try again to get onto the bobsled podium Saturday and Sunday when the four-man competition goes at the Sanki Sliding Center.


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