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The 2020/21 World Cup circuit wrapped up this past weekend in the finale at Igls, AUT. Although it has been a season like no other, Canadian athletes made their mark, despite most having joined the circuit after the Christmas break.

The Canadian women shone on the World Monobob Series in Igls, AUT and Team Kripps concluded his season with a Crystal Globe for third-place overall finish in four-man bobsleigh for the second year in a row.

The National Skeleton Team and Team de Bruin, took the week off from racing and headed to Altenberg, GER a week early to utilise the training opportunity at the 2020/21 World Championship track. They will now be joined by the rest of the Canadian sliders in Europe as they prepare for the biggest race of the year.

Medal Count

7 bronze, 4 silver, 2 gold
Canadian athletes have been sliding onto the international podium across all bobsleigh and skeleton disciplines throughout the second half of the 2020-21 season. We are trying to stay on top of all podium performances. The medal count was last updated February 1st 2021. 
Melissa Lotholz and Cynthia Appiah sent a warning shot to the world that they have officially arrived on the international women’s bobsleigh circuit since moving into the pilot’s seat following the 2018 Olympics.
Melissa Lotholz etched her name in the history books as the first Canadian female to win a medal with a bronze on the newly-created Women’s Monobob World Series, at the World Cup level. She led a trio of Canadians into the top six; Appiah finished fourth and Rissling finished sixth in Igls, AUT. 

The women took to the ice again for the final two-woman race of the season. Appiah led the charge with Dawn Richardson Wilson to finish in fourth place, Lotholz and Sara Villani in fifth and Alysia Rissling and Erica Voss in 11th place. 

All pilots, along with their brakewomen, will head to Altenberg,GER  to compete in the World Championships where women's Monobob is making its debut. 

Chris Spring and Mike Evelyn competed in the final two-man competition of the circuit where they finished in 11th place. Justin Kripps withdrew from the competition with a muscle cramp as a precaution to ensure he was ready to compete in Sunday’s final four-man race.

Kripps, along with Cam Stones, Ben Coakwell and Ryan Sommer delivered – sliding to a bronze medal podium finish, securing them their second consecutive Crystal Globe for third place overall World Cup finish in the four-man discipline. Spring teamed up with Mike Evelyn, Mark Mlakar, and Chris Patrician to finish in 16th place.
Both teams will now be heading to Altenberg as they set their sights on the World Championship podium. 

Read all about Team Canada’s memorable final weekend of World Cup action here.
Over the last week the National Development Skeleton athletes have been training and competing in Park City, USA ahead of the first NAC of the season. Having spent the majority of the season training in Whistler, the development squad was keen to get back to competition as they gain invaluable experiences in their continued development.
Madison Charney and Grace Dafoe took to the ice for three races. Charney concluded the first NAC sliding into second place while Dafoe clocked a best finish of sixth place.
Blake Enzie led the pack of men’s development athletes, finishing with a best finish in third place. Enzie was joined by David Park, Jordan Rwiyamilira and Troy Wilson. Park’s best finish was ninth, Rwiyamilira eighth, and Wilson ninth .
The National Development Skeleton team have now made their way to Lake Placid, USA for the second NAC of the 2020/21 season.

Coming Up 

The countdown is on for the BMW IBSF World Championship. Watch the world’s best compete against each other as the season comes to an end. 
BMW IBSF World Championship Altenberg, GER
February 5th - 14th,  2021

  • Team Kripps: Justin Kripps, Cam Stones, Ryan Sommer, Ben Coakwell 
  • Team Spring: Chris Spring, Mike Evelyn, Mark Mlakar, Chris Patrician, Shaquille Murray-Lawrence   
  • Team de Bruin: Christine de Bruin, Sara Villani 
  • Team Rissling: Alysia Rissling, Dawn Richardson Wilson
  • Team Appiah: Cythia Appiah, Erica Voss
  • Team Lotholz: Monobob
  • Jane Channell 
  • Elisabeth Maier 
  • Mark Lynch 
  • Kevin Boyer 
The senior skeleton team have been training in Altenberg ahead of the World Championships, but before they compete on the World Championship ice they will be squeezing another trip across Germany to slide in the Intercontinental Cup ahead of the second week of the World Championships. 
North American Cup #2 Lake Placid, USA
February 2nd - 5th, 2021

  • Madison Charney 
  • Grace Dafoe
  • Blake Enzie 
  • Troy Wilson 
  • David Park 
  • Patrick Farias 
  • Jimmie Airey 
Don't forget you can keep up to date with the sliding action on CBC. Click here to find out more.