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Canadians Kripps and Kopacz win GOLD in two-man bobsleigh

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The historical moments continue at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Justin Kripps and Alexander Kopacz tied for gold in the two-man bobsled on Monday night. This is the second time in history that Canada has tied for gold in this event, the last time was in 1988.

(Mohd Rasfan / AFP / Getty Images)

3:16.86 was the magic number, as the Canadians tied with Germany’s Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis who completed their best run in the exact same time.

In the 1988 Winter Olympic games in Nagano, it was  Pierre Lueders and Dave MacEachern who tied with the Italian pair team. It was the first time a double gold had been awarded for an event in the Olympic bobsleigh.

Kripps has been on the circuit for a while, earning gold at the World Cup in 2014, and a sixth place finish in the pairs in Sochi. Since then, he has been hovering on the World Cup podiums, only finishing outside of the medal positions once out of eight championship races (and that was a fourth place).

It all came together for this pair

As of Monday, Canada has 6 gold medals, 5 silver, and 6 bronze medals.

 

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Rachel Francois
Runner, writer, yogi, coffee enthusiast and Olympic writer for Victoria Buzz.

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