Ryan Sommer

Sport:Bobsleigh
Position:Brakeman
Birth Date:Aug. 27, 1993 (age 27)
Birth Place:White Rock, BC
Residence:Calgary
Twitter:@ryansoms
Instagram:@ryansoms

The Olympic dream was sparked in Ryan later in life while working as a forest fire fighter in Northern Alberta. It was watching the Opening Ceremonies of the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio, where he was dared by a friend to test his skills at a national recruitment camp. He relocated to Calgary the following month and never returned. 

His first Olympic experience came in 2018 when he traveled to PyeongChang to watch his girlfriend, Blayre Turnbull, win the silver medal in women’s hockey. 

After participating in testing camp in 2016, Ryan was on a bobsleigh mission. He made an immediate impact on the Canadian Bobsleigh Team in 2019 where he was sliding with Team Kripps, who were named Team of the Year at the 2019 Canadian Sport Awards following a gold medal performance in the four-man race at the 2019 World Cup in Lake Placid, and a bronze in front of friends and family at the World Championships on his favourite track in Whistler. Ryan also pushed Justin Kripps to the silver-medal step of the podium at a World Cup stop in Calgary in 2019.

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.

Ryan was active in a variety of sports. He competed in discus and hammer throw at the University of Lethbridge. He won a silver medal in discus at the 2013 Canada Summer Games.

Outside of sport, Ryan enjoys fly fishing, traveling, plants and culinary experiences.  He enjoys visiting the family cabin on Shushwap Lake. A graduate from the University of Lethbridge Kinesiology program, Ryan also has a Certificate of Business from Queens University.

When he is done sport, he hopes to open a coffee shop that sells plants, or return to fire fighting. 

Did You Know... 

Ryan did hip hop as a child and was captain of his Varsity track and field squad at the University of Lethbridge.

Career Highlights

 

  Gold Silver Bronze Other
2020 – World Cup, St. Moritz, SUI

4man

     
2020 – World Cup, Konigssee, GER      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 Championships, Whistler, CAN      4man  
2019 – World Cup, Calgary, CAN    2man    
2019 – World Cup, Lake Placid, USA  4man      

World Championship Results

Brakeman

Season
Location
Discipline
Result
Crew
2018/19 Whistler, CAN 4man 3rd Kripps, Sommer, Stones, Coakwell

World Cup Results

Brakeman

Season
Location
Discipline
Result
Crew
2019/20 
       
  St. Moritz, SUI 4man 1st Kripps, Sommer, Stones, Coakwell
  Koenigssee, GER 4man 3rd Kripps, Sommer, Stones, Coakwell
  Igls, AUT 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
2018/19
       
  Calgary, CAN 4man 5th Kripps, Sommer, Stones, Coakwell
  Lake Placid, USA 4man 1st Kripps, Sommer, Stones, Coakwell
  Innsbruck, AUT  4man 6th Kripps, Sommer, Stones, Coakwell
  Koenigssee, GER 4man 6th Kripps, Sommer, Stones, Coakwell
  Altenberg, GER 4man 12th Kripps, Sommer, Stones, Coakwell