Ben Coakwell

Sport:Bobsleigh
Position:Brakeman
Height:178cm
Weight:100kg
Birth Date:Jun. 25, 1987 (age 33)
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. 

The squad proved in 2020 they will continue to be a force to reckon with on the track to Beijing 2022. Team Kripps finished third in the Overall World Cup two- and four-man standings. They were second in the Overall Combined World Cup standings.

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

 

  Gold Silver Bronze Other
2020 – World Cup, Sigulda, LAT    

 2man

 
2020 – World Cup, St. Moritz, SUI

4man

     
2020 – World Cup, Igls, AUT      

5th 4man

2020 – World Cup, La Plagne, FRA       5th 4man
2020 – World Cup, Winterberg, GER       5th 4man
2019 – World Cup, Lake Placid, USA  4man      
2019 – World Cup, Lake Placid, USA      2man  
2019 – World Championships, Whistler, CAN      4man  
2019 – World Cup, Calgary, CAN       5th 4man
2019 – World Cup, Lake Placid, USA  4man     9th 2man
2019 – World Cup, Igls, AUT      

6th 4man
7th 2man

2019 – World Cup, Koenigssee, GER       5th 4man
2018 – Olympic Winter Games, PyeongChang, KOR       12th 4man
2017 – World Cup, Whistler, CAN       11th 4man
2017 – World Cup, Park City, USA    4man   8th 4man
2016 – World Cup, Whistler, CAN       5th 4man
2016 – World Cup, Park City, USA       4th 4man
2016 – World Cup, Lake Placid, USA      4man  
2015 – World Cup, Sochi, RUS       4th 4man
2015 – World Cup, Altenberg, GER       7th 4man
2014 – World Cup, Lake Placid, USA       4th 4man
2014 – World Cup, Igls, AUT       6th 4man
2014 – World Cup, St. Moritz, SUI       4th 4man
2013 – World Cup, Lake Placid, USA       4th 4man
2013 – World Cup, Calgary, USA       4th 4man
2012 – World Cup, Whistler, CAN      4man  
2012 – World Cup, Park City, USA       8th 4man

  

Olympic Winter Games Results

Brakeman

Season
Location
Discipline
Result
Crew
2018/19
Pyeongchang, KOR 4man 12th Poloniato, Coakwell, Stones, Kirkpatrick
2017/18
Sochi, RUS 4man 27th Kripps, Coakwell, Sorensen, Lumsden, Rinholm, Demetre

 

World Championship Results

Brakeman

Season
Location
Discipline
Result
Crew
2018/19
Whistler, CAN 2man 30th Poloniato, Coakwell, Joyce
 
  4man 3rd Kripps, Sommer, Coakwell, Stones
2016/17
Koenigssee, GER Team 9th Martineau, Kripps, Rahneva, Humphries, Coakwell, Lotholz 
2015/16
Innsbruck, AUT 4man 16th Kripps, Coakwell, Plug, Kopacz
    Team 5th Greszczyszyn, Channell, Coakwell, Humphries, Lee, Kripps
2014/15
Winterberg, GER 4man 13th Kripps, Barnett, Coakwell, Randall

 

World Cup Results

Brakeman

Season
Location
Discipline
Result
Crew
2019/20 
       
  Sigulda, LAT 2man 3rd Kripps, Coakwell
  St. Moritz, SUI 4man 1st Kripps, Sommer, Stones, Coakwell
  Koenigssee, GER 4man 3rd Kripps, Sommer, Stones, Coakwell
  Igls, AUT 2man 12th Kripps, Coakwell
    4man 5th Kripps, Sommer, Stones, Coakwell
  La Plagne, FRA 4man 5th Kripps, Sommer, Stones, Coakwell
  Winterberg, GER 4man 5th Kripps, Sommer, Stones, Coakwell
    4man 6th Kripps, Sommer, Stones, Coakwell
  Lake Placid, USA 4man 1st Kripps, Sommer, Stones, Coakwell
    4man 1st Kripps, Sommer, Stones, Coakwell
  Lake Placid, USA 2man 3rd Kripps, Coakwell
2018/19
       
  Calgary, CAN 4man 5th Kripps, Sommer, Stones, Coakwell
  Lake Placid, USA 2man 9th Poloniato, Coakwell
    4man 1st Kripps, Sommer, Stones, Coakwell
  Innsbruck, AUT  2man 7th Poloniato, Coakwell
    4man 6th Kripps, Sommer, Stones, Coakwell
  Koenigssee, GER 4man 6th Kripps, Sommer, Stones, Coakwell
  Altenberg, GER 2man 14th Poloniato, Coakwell
    4man 12th Kripps, Sommer, Stones, Coakwell
2017/18
       
  Koenigssee, GER 4man 18th Poloniato, Coakwell, Brown, Nemet
  St. Moritz, SUI 4man 16th Kripps, Kopacz, Nemet, Coakwell
  Altenberg, GER 4man 20th Poloniato, Giguere, Plug, Coakwell
  Innsbruck, AUT  4man 16th Poloniato, Brown, Plug, Coakwell
  Winterberg, GER 4man 16th Poloniato, Brown, Barnett, Coakwell
  Whistler, CAN 4man 11th Poloniato, Brown, Plug, Coakwell
  Park City, USA  4man 2nd Kripps, Wright, Brown, Coakwell
    4man 8th Kripps, Wright, Brown, Coakwell
2016/17
       
  PyeongChang, KOR 4man 9th Kripps, Coakwell, Kopacz, Lumsden
  Innsbruck, GER 4man 7th Kripps, Coakwell, Kopacz, Lumsden
  Koenigssee, GER 4man 16th Kripps, Lumsden, Kirkpatrick, Coakwell
  St Moritz, SUI 4man 16th Kripps, Stones, Coakwell, Lumsden
  Winterberg, GER 4man 9th Kripps, Stones, Coakwell, Lumsden
  Altenberg, GER 4man 14th Kripps, Coakwell, Lumsden, Kirkpatrick
  Lake Placid USA 4man 9th Kripps, Kirkpatrick, Lumsden, Coakwell
  Whistler, CAN 4man 5th Kripps, Kirkpatrick, Lumsden, Coakwell
2015/16
       
  Koenigssee, GER 4man 9th Kripps, Kopacz, Kirkpatrick, Coakwell
  St. Moritz, SUI 4man 11th Kripps, Coakwell, Plug, Kopacz
  Park City, USA 4man 10th Kripps, Coakwell, Plug, Kopacz
    4man 4th Kripps, Coakwell, Plug, Kopacz
  Lake Placid, USA 4man 3rd Kripps, Coakwell, Plug, Kopacz
  Koenigssee, GER 4man 10th Kripps, Randall, Coakwell, Kirkpatrick
  Winterberg, GER 4man 12th Kripps, Randall, Coakwell, Kirkpatrick
  Altenberg, GER 4man 10th Kripps, Coakwell, Kirkpatrick, Kopacz
2014/15
       
  Sochi, RUS 4man 4th Kripps, Randall, Coakwell, Barnett
  Innsbruck, AUT 4man 11th Kripps, Randall, Coakwell, Barnett
  La Plagne, FRA 4man 13th Kripps, Randall, Coakwell, Barnett
  St Moritz, SUI 4man 21st Kripps, Barnett
  Koenigssee, GER 4man 12th Kripps, Randall, Coakwell, Nemet
  Altenberg, GER 2man 9th Kripps, Coakwell
    4man 7th Kripps, Coakwell, Barnett, Nemet
  Calgary, CAN 4man 11th Kripps, Barnett, Brown, Coakwell
  Lake Placid, USA 4man 4th Kripps, Barnett, Randall, Coakwell
2013/14
       
  Koenigssee, GER 4man 12th Spring, Coakwell​, Sorensen, Lumsden
  Innsbruck, AUT 4man 6th Spring, Coakwell​, Sorensen, Lumsden
  St Moritz, SUI 4man 4th Spring, Coakwell​, Sorensen, Lumsden
  Winterberg, GER  4man 5th Spring, Coakwell​, Sorensen, Lumsden
    4man 7th Spring, Coakwell​, Sorensen, Lumsden
  Lake Placid, USA 4man 4th Spring, Coakwell​, Sorensen, Lumsden
  Park City, USA 4man 7th Spring, Coakwell​, Sorensen, Lumsden
  Calgary, CAN 4man 4th Spring, Coakwell​, Sorensen, Lumsden
2012/13
       
  Innsbruck, AUT  4man 24th Spring, Wright, Rosenke, Coakwell
  Koenigssee, GER 4man 21st Spring, Randall, Coakwell, Wright
  La Plagne, FRA 4man 18th Spring, Rosenke, Coakwell​, Demetre
  Winterberg, GER 2man 10th Spring, Coakwell
    4man 22nd Spring, Rosenke, Coakwell​, Demetre
  Whistler, CAN 4man 3rd Spring, Rosenke, Coakwell​, Demetre
  Park City, USA 4man 8th Spring, Randall, Rosenke, Coakwell​
  Lake Placid, USA 2man 13th Spring, Coakwell​ 
    4man 10th Spring, Randall, Rosenke, Coakwell​