Ben Coakwell

Sport:Bobsleigh
Position:Brakeman
Height:178cm
Weight:104kg
Birth Date:Jun. 25, 1987 (age 32)
Birth Place:Regina
Residence:Saskatoon
Hometown:Moose Jaw, Sask.
Twitter:@bencoakwell
Instagram:@bentenspeed
Facebook:facebook.com/ben10speed

Originally from Moose Jaw, Sask., Ben Coakwell grew up surrounded by organized sport. He spent a majority of his youth playing hockey and lacrosse competitively. It wasn’t until Grade 12 that he began playing football for Central Collegiate.

Ben attended the University of Saskatchewan to play football for the Huskies on an athletic bursary provided by the David Dube Foundation award. He led the team in scoring and rushing in both the 2010 and 2011 season. He also competed for the Huskies Track and Field team as a 60 and 200 metre sprinter. 

Ben was known for his size and speed in the football world, thus helping him being discovered by Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton. He attended a blue chip camp in early March 2012 and has pushed his way onto the National Team. In his first year on the World Cup squad, Ben was part of Chris Spring’s crew that won their first-ever medal on the elite circuit when they finished third in Whistler. 

Ben made his Olympic debut in 2014 where he was part of Justin Kripps’ four-man team. Team Kripps captured another bronze in the four-man in 2016 in Lake Placid, along with a silver in Park City in 2017 on the road to his second Olympic experience. 

After participating in his second Olympic Games in PyeongChang 2018 as a member of Nick Poloniato’s 12th-place four-man crew, Ben reunited with Justin Kripps in 2019 where the team celebrated a bronze medal at the World Championships on home ice in Whistler. They also won the Lake Placid World Cup four-man race in 2019.

Team Kripps was named Team of the Year at the Canadian Sport Awards. 

Ben enjoys painting abstract and watching movies. He spends time hanging with his friends and likes to stay busy. He believes in hard work and discipline.

Career Highlights

2019 – World Championships, Whistler, CAN: 3 (4-man) 
2019 – World Cup, Calgary, CAN: 5 (4-man)
2019 – World Cup, Lake Placid, USA: 1 (4-man), 9 (2-man)
2019 – World Cup, Igls, AUT: 6 (4-man), 7 (2-man)
2019 – World Cup, Konigssee, GER: 5 (4-man)
2018 – Olympic Winter Games, PyeongChang, KOR: 12 (4-man)
2017 – World Cup, Whistler, CAN: 11 (4-man)
2017 – World Cup, Park City, USA: 2 (4-man), 8 (4-man) 
2016 – World Cup, Whistler, CAN: 5 
2016 – World Cup, Park City, USA: 4 (4-man)
2016 – World Cup, Lake Placid, USA: 3 (4-man)
2015 – World Cup, Sochi, RUS: 4 (4-man)
2015 – World Cup, Altenberg, GER: 7 (4-man) 
2014 – World Cup, Lake Placid, USA: 4 (4-man)
2014 – Olympic Winter Games, Sochi, RUS: 30 (4-man)
2014 – World Cup, Igls, AUT: 6 (4-man)
2014 – World Cup, St. Moritz, SUI: 4 (4-man)
2013 – World Cup, Lake Placid, USA: 4 (4-man)
2013 – World Cup, Calgary, USA: 4 (4-man)    
2012 – World Cup, Whistler, CAN: 3
2012 – World Cup, Park City, USA: 8 (4-man)   

Olympic Winter Games Results

2018 – Olympic Winter Games, PyeongChang, KOR: 12 (4-man)
2014 – Olympic Winter Games, Sochi, RUS: 29 (4-man)     

World Championship Results

2019 – World Championships, Whistler, CAN: 3 (4-man), 30 (2-man)
2016 – World Championships, Igls, AUT: 16 (4-man)
2015 – World Championship, Winterberg, GER: 13 (4-man)    

World Cup Results

2019 – World Cup, Calagry, CAN: 5 (4-man)
2019 – World Cup, Lake Placid, USA: 1 (4-man), 9 (2-man)
2019 – World Cup, Innsbruck, GER: 6 (4-man), 7 (2-man)
2019 – World Cup, Konigssee, GER: 5 (4-man)
2019 – World Cup, Altenberg, GER: 12 (4-man), 14 (2-man)
2018 – World Cup, Konigssee, GER: 18 (4-man)
2018 – World Cup, St Moritz, SUI: 16 (4-man)
2018 – World Cup, Altenberg, GER: 20 (4-man)
2017 – World Cup, Whistler, CAN: 11 (4-man)
2017 – World Cup, Park City, USA: 2 (4-man), 8 (4-man) 
2017 – World Cup, Pyeongchang, KOR: 9 (4-man)
2017 – World Cup, Igls, AUT: 7 (4-man)
2017 – World Cup, Winterberg, GER: 9
2017 – World Cup, Altenberg, GER: 14 (4-man)
2016 – World Cup, Lake Placid, USA: 9
2016 – World Cup, Whistler, CAN: 5 
2016 – World Cup, Konigssee, GER: 10 (4-man)
2016 – World Cup, St. Moritz, SUI: 11 (4-man)
2016 – World Cup, Park City, USA: 10 (4-man), 4 (4-man)
2016 – World Cup, Lake Placid, USA: 3 (4-man)
2015 – World Cup, Konigssee, GER: 10 (4-man)
2015 – World Cup, Winterberg, GER: 12 (4-man)
2015 – World Cup, Altenberg, GER: 10 (4-man)
2014 – World Cup, Lake Placid, USA: 4 (4-man)
2014 – World Cup, Calgary, CAN: 11 (4-man)
2015 – World Cup, Altenberg, GER: 9 (2-man), 7 (4-man)
2015 – World Cup, Konigssee, GER: 12 (4-man)
2015 – World Cup, La Plagne, FRA: 13 (4-man)
2015 – World Cup, Igls, AUT: 11 (4-man)
2015 – World Cup, Sochi, RUS: 4 (4-man)
2013 – World Cup, Calgary, CAN: 4 (4-man)
2013 – World Cup, Park City, USA: 7 (4-man)
2013 – World Cup, Lake Placid, USA: 4 (4-man)
2014 – World Cup, Winterberg, GER: 5 (4-man), 7 (4-man)
2014 – World Cup, St. Moritz, SUI: 4 (4-man)
2014 – World Cup, Igls, AUT: 6 (4-man)
2014 – World Cup, Konigssee, GER: 12 (4-man)
2012 – World Cup, Lake Placid, USA: 13 (2-man)
2012 – World Cup, Lake Placid, USA: 14 (4-man)
2012 – World Cup, Park City, USA: 8 (4-man)   
2012 – World Cup, Lake Placid, USA: 13 (2-man)
2012 – World Cup, Whistler, CAN: 3 (4-man)
2013 – World Cup, Winterberg, GER: 10 (2-man)