Cynthia Appiah

Sport:Bobsleigh
Position:Pilot
Birth Date:May. 15, 1990 (age 30)
Birth Place:North York, ON
Residence:Toronto
Twitter:@thecynapps
Instagram:@thecynapps

A standout shot put and hammer throw athlete at York University, Cynthia was introduced to bobsleigh in the summer of 2011 when she attended a testing camp at her university. Cynthia tested, went to her first bob school, completed school and has been on a steady progression since going to her second bobsleigh school in 2013.

Cynthia enjoyed a standout rookie season on the World Cup where she pushed both two-time Olympic champion, Kaillie Humphries, to a gold and bronze medal, along with rookie pilot Alysia Rissling to her first ever World Cup bronze medal. Cynthia has excelled with fast pushes and medal winning performances at all levels while working her way through the system, sliding provincially and on the North America’s Cup circuit.

After heading to PyeongChang as an alternate on Canada’s 2018 Olympic Bobsleigh Team, Cynthia switched positions in the sled into the driver’s seat. Weeks after returning from Korea, Cynthia headed to Lake Placid where she took part in a driver’s school and now continues to master the art of piloting a sled on the Development Bobsleigh Team.

Cynthia also continues to be a force on the start block. Cynthia set a new Ice House start record from the pilot bar in 2019 at 5.41.

Outside of bobsleigh, Cynthia watches Jeopardy religiously. A trivia buff who watches way too much television, Cynthia is a huge Blue Jays fan, and previously worked in the team’s customer services department. Her 
journey toward a life in elite sport began through a Jays Care Foundation outreach initiative where children from under-privileged Toronto neighbourhoods were invited to learn to play baseball at a local park.

She was recognized by her peers at Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton with the L. Lamont Gordon Award in 2019. 

Cynthia is one of four siblings in her family, and has a BA History Major/Psychology minor.
 

Career Highlights

Women's Monobob

  Gold Silver Bronze Other
2021 - Women's World Monobob Series, Igls, AUT:        4th
2021 - Women's World Monobob Series, Konigssee, GER:        11th
2021 - Women's World Monobob Series, Igls, AUT:       
2019 - North American Cup, Lake Placid, USA:       
2019 – Women’s Monobob Event, Lake Placid, USA

   

Pilot 

  Gold Silver Bronze Other
2021 - Europe Cup, Igls, AUT        5th
2021 - Europe Cup, Altenberg, GER        4th 
2020 - Europe Cup, Igls, AUT:        11th 
2020 - World Cup, Igls, AUT:        10th 
2020 - North American Cup, Lake Placid, USA:      
2019 - North American Cup, Park City, USA:       

4th, 4th, 4th 
2woman

Brakewoman

  Gold Silver Bronze Other
2019 - World Championship, Whistler, CAN    

 

11th 2woman
2019 – World Cup, Calgary, CAN      

7th 2woman

2017 – World Cup, Pyeongchang, KOR     2woman  
2017 – World Cup, Koenigssee, GER       4th 2woman
2017 – World Cup, Winterberg, GER       5th 2woman
2016 – World Championships, Igls, AUT       16th 2woman
2016 – World Cup, Lake Placid, USA     2woman  
2016 – World Cup, Whistler, CAN 2woman      
2016 – World Cup, Lake Placid, USA     2woman  
2016 – North America’s Cup, Calgary, CAN 2woman      
2016 – North America’s Cup, Whistler, CAN 2woman      
2015 – North America’s Cup, Lake Placid, USA 2woman      


 

Olympic Winter Games Results

Alternate on 2018 Canadian Olympic Team/remplaçante sur l’équipe canadienne des Jeux Olympiques d’hiver 2018

World Championship Results

Pilot

Season
Location
Discipline
Result
Crew
2020/21
Altenberg, AUT 2woman 9th Appiah, Voss
 
  Monobob  5th  

 

Brakewoman

Season
Location
Discipline
Result
Crew
2018/19 
Whistler, CAN 2woman 11th Rissling, Appiah
2017/18
Koenigssee, GER 2woman 6th Rissling, Appiah
2016/17
Innsbruck, AUT 2woman 16th De Bruin, Appiah

 

World Cup Results

Pilot

Season
Location
Discipline
Result
Crew
2020/21  Innsruck, AUT  2woman  4th Appiah, Richardson Wilson
2019/20 
Innsbruck, AUT 2woman 10th Appiah, Richardson Wilson

Brakewoman

Season
Location
Discipline
Result
Crew
2018/19 
Calgary, CAN 2woman 7th Rissling, Appiah
2017/18
       
  Koenigssee, GER 2woman 14th De Bruin, Appiah
  Altenberg, GER  2woman 13th De Bruin, Appiah
  Winterberg, GER 2woman 21st De Bruin, Appiah
  Whistler, CAN 2woman 7th Rissling, Appiah
  Park City, USA 2woman 11th De Bruin, Appiah
  Lake Placid, USA 2woman 6th De Bruin, Appiah
2016/17
       
  Pyeongchang, KOR  2woman 3rd Rissling, Appiah
  Innsbruck, AUT 4man 29th Humphries, Lotholz, Lee, Appiah
  Koenigssee, GER  2woman 4th  Humphires, Appiah 
  St Moritz, SUI 4man 32nd Humphries, Lotholz, Lee, Appiah
  Winterberg, GER 2woman 5th Humphries, Appiah
    4man 27th Humphries, Lotholz, Lee, Appiah
  Lake Placid, USA 2woman 3rd Humphries, Appiah
  Whistler, CAN 2woman 1st Humphries, Appiah
         
2015/16
       
  St Moritz, SUI 4man 28th Humphries, Lee, Lotholz, Appiah
  Park City, USA 4man 21st Humphries, Thibault, Lotholz, Appiah
    4man 21st Humphries, Thibault, Lotholz, Appiah
  Lake Placid, USA 4man 17th Humphries, Thibault, Lotholz, Appiah