Kristen Bujnowski

Sport:Bobsleigh
Position:Brakeman
Height:178cm
Weight:77kg
Birth Date:Mar. 14, 1992 (age 28)
Birth Place:London, Ont.
Residence:Mount Brydges, Ont.
Instagram:@kmbujnowski
Website:kristenbujnowski.com

Kristen Bujnowski was recruited to the Canadian bobsleigh program in 2017 loaded with potential.

Kristen was first introduced to bobsleigh when the team was recruiting athletes at the 2011 Canadian Junior National Track and Field Championships. It was her long jump coach at the time who advised her to try one of the fastest sports on ice when she was done with track. Six years later, she was reminded of this discussion, and found a local testing camp in nearby London, Ont. 

Fit and powerful thanks to a regular CrossFit training program, Kristen was all-in. She attended the camp in June 2017, and two weeks later found herself in Calgary pushing in the Ice House where she was posting great numbers.

A whole new world exploded in the face of the engineering professional. Kristen was then invited to attend the BCS prospect camp, followed by the National Team Camp in September two years ago. She jumped into a sled for the first time just days after, was an alternate on the 2018 Olympic Winter Games bobsleigh squad.

Following her first Games experience, Kristen proved she is now one of the top brakeman in the women’s program. She teamed up with Christine de Bruin to win two silver medals on the World Cup circuit in 2019, and capped the season off with a bronze 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.

Kristen grew up on a family farm in Mount Brydges, Ont. She received a mechanical engineering degree concurrently with a Kinesiology degree from Western University in 2015. 

Kristen has always been a talented athlete. She competed on the Mustang Varsity Track and Field (long jump and shot put) Team, and the Rowing Team while at Western. She is currently a research and development engineer at Baylis Medical in Mississauga, Ont. She also tutors high school math in her spare time.
 

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, La Plagne, FRA      
2020 – World Cup, Winterberg, GER       7th
2019 – World Championships, Whistler, CAN      
2019 – World Cup, Lake Placid, USA      
2019 – World Cup, Koenigssee, GER       9th
2019 – World Cup, Altenberg, GER      
2017 – World Cup, Igls, AUT:       9th
2017 – World Cup, Whistler, CAN       9th
2017 – World Cup, Park City, USA       7th
2017 – World Cup, Lake Placid, USA       7th

Olympic Winter Games Results

Alternate on Team Canada at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games/Remplaçante sur Équipe Canada aux Jeux Olympiques d’hiver 2018

World Championship Results

Brakewoman

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

World Cup Results

Brakewoman

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
2018/19
       
  Lake Placid, USA 2woman 2nd De Bruin, Bujnowski
  Koenigssee, GER  2woman 9th Rissling, Bujnowski
  Altenberg, GER 2woman 2nd De Bruin, Bujnowski
2017/18
       
  Innsbruck, AUT 2woman 9th De Bruin, Bujnowski
  Whistler, CAN 2woman 9th De Bruin, Bujnowski
  Park City, USA 2woman 7th Rissling, Bujnowski
  Lake Placid, USA 2woman 7th Rissling, Bujnowski