Christine De Bruin

Sport:Bobsleigh
Position:Pilot
Birth Date:Mar. 3, 1989 (age 31)
Birth Place:Edmonton
Residence:Stony Plain, Alta.
Hometown:Stony Plain, Alta.
Twitter:@ChristineBushie
Instagram:@christinerdebruin
Website:christinebushiebobsled.com

Christine de Bruin had been representing the University of Alberta in track and field for two years when she decided she was ready to stop competing. After hearing this, her coach convinced her to go to Calgary to try bobsleigh. He told her that her chances to make the national team in track were small, but her chances of going to the Olympics for bobsleigh were great. She soon made the development team as a brakeman, immediately taking a leave from school.

A year and a half in, she was redirected from the path of being a World Cup brakeman to a development pilot. Doubting this decision at first, she got all the confidence she needed when she finished fourth in her first North American Cup race in March 2013, less than two months after she started driving. In November 2015, Christine won three North American Cup races in a row. It was especially satisfying coming off a year when she was hindered by a bulged disc in her back. Christine made her World Cup debut as a pilot in December 2016 in Whistler. She finished a career-best sixth in November 2017 in Lake Placid with Cynthia Appiah.

Her career development into a world-class pilot went to a whole new level in 2018 when she qualified to represent Canada at Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, Korea. Christine teamed up with Melissa Lotholz to an impressive seventh-place finish in their Olympic debut. 

Constantly pushing to be a stronger, faster and better pilot, Christine accomplished another first in the post-Olympic year where she drove to her first two World Cup podiums with Kristen Bujnowski. The two Canucks captured the world’s attention with a silver-medal finish at a World Cup stop in Altenberg and in Lake Placid before winning their first career bronze medal at the World Championships on home ice in Whistler. 

The Canadian women have been on quite a run since climbing onto the World Championship podium in 2019.

The Canadian duo carried the momentum into the 2020 season, Christine and Kristen confirmed they have officially arrived on the international race scene, sliding onto the World Championship podium a second-straight year when they won the bronze. 

The third-place triumph in Altenberg, Germany capped off a strong season where the Canucks finished in the top-five in seven of the eight World Cup races, adding a silver and bronze medal to their resumes. They also had two fourth-place finishes. Consistently in the medal mix, the lone Canadian sled secured third place in the Overall World Cup standings – an achievement Christine claimed is proof they belong in discussions with the world’s best.

Christine started competing in bobsleigh at age 22. She has completed two years of a Bachelor of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta before putting studies on temporary hiatus to pursue bobsleigh. Christine enjoys riding her motorcycle and floating down the Bow River. Her husband, Ivo de Bruin, is the top pilot for the Netherlands. Christine says watching Donovan Bailey win the 100m at Atlanta 1996 inspired her dream to compete for Team Canada. Her favourite quote: “It will cost you nothing to dream and everything not to.” – Rodney White…


 

Career Highlights

 

  Gold Silver Bronze Other
2020 – World Championships, Altenberg, GER      
2020 – Finished Third Overall on World Cup Circuit      
2020 – World Cup, Sigulda, LAT       5th
2020 – World Cup, St. Moritz, SUI       5th
2020 – World Cup, Konigssee, GER       4th
2020 – World Cup, Igls, AUT       4th
2020 – World Cup, La Plagne, FRA      
2020 – World Cup, Winterberg, GER       7th
2019 – World Cup, Lake Placid, USA     5th
2019 – World Championships, Whistler, CAN      
2019 – World Cup, Lake Placid, USA      
2019 – World Cup, Altenberg, GER      
2018 – Olympic Winter Games, PyeongChang, KOR       7th
2018 – Europe Cup, Koenigssee, GER (Monobob)      
2017 – World Cup, Igls, AUT:       9th
2017 – World Cup, Whistler, CAN       9th
2017 – World Cup, Lake Placid, USA       6th
2016 – World Cup, Lake Placid, USA       8th

 

Olympic Winter Games Results

Pilot 

Season
Location
Discipline
Result
Crew
2017/18
Pyeongchang, KOR 2woman 7th De Bruin. Lotholz

 

World Championship Results

Pilot 

Season
Location
Discipline
Result
Crew
2019/20 Altenberg, GER 2woman 3rd De Bruin, Bujnowski
2018/19 Whistler, CAN 2woman 3rd De Bruin, Bujnowski
    Team 2nd Greszczyszyn, Joyce, Rahneva, De Bruin, Poloniato, Bujnowski
2017/18 Koenigssee, GER 2woman 13th De Bruin, Thibault
    Team 10th Neufeldt, Uhlaender, Olsen, Mccue, Weinstock, De Bruin
2016/17 Innsbruck, AUT 2woman 16th De Bruin, Appiah

 

World Cup Results

Pilot 

Season
Location
Discipline
Result
Crew
2019/20
Sigulda, LAT  2woman 5th De Bruin, Bujnowski
  St Moritz, SUI 2woman 5th De Bruin, Bujnowski
  Koenigssee, GER 2woman 4th De Bruin, Bujnowski
  Innsbruck, GER 2woman 4th De Bruin, Bujnowski
  La Plagne, FRA 2woman 2nd De Bruin, Bujnowski
  Winterberg, GER 2woman 7th De Bruin, Bujnowski
  Lake Placid, USA  2woman 3rd De Bruin, Bujnowski
    2woman 5th De Bruin, Richardson Wilson
2018/19
       
  Lake Placid, USA 2woman 2nd De Bruin, Bujnowski
  Koenigssee, GER  2woman 10th De Bruin, McCue 
  Altenberg, GER 2woman 2nd De Bruin, Bujnowski
2017/18
       
  Koenigssee, GER 2woman 14th De Bruin, Appiah
  St Moritz, SUI 2woman 14th De Bruin, Lotholz
  Altenberg, GER 2woman 13th De Bruin, Appiah
  Innsbruck, AUT 2woman 9th De Bruin, Bujnowski
  Winterberg, GER 2woman 21st De Bruin, Appiah
  Whistler, CAN 2woman 9th De Bruin, Bujnowski
  Park City, USA 2woman 11th De Bruin, Appiah
  Lake Placid, USA 2woman 6th De Bruin, Appiah
2016/17
       
  Pyeongchang, KOR 2woman 17th De Bruin, Thibault
  Innsbruck, AUT 2woman 11th De Bruin, Medeiros
  Koenigssee, GER 2woman 16th De Bruin, Medeiros
  Winterberg, GER 2woman 18th De Bruin, Medeiros
  Lake Placid, USA 2woman 8th De Bruin, Medeiros
  Whistler, CAN 2woman 12th De Bruin, Thibault