Canada's de Bruin wins gold, Appiah takes silver in monobob

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Canada's Christine de Bruin of Canada, shown in this December 2021 file photo, claimed gold in the women's monobob on Saturday in Altenberg, Germany. (File/Getty Images - image credit)
Canada's Christine de Bruin of Canada, shown in this December 2021 file photo, claimed gold in the women's monobob on Saturday in Altenberg, Germany. (File/Getty Images - image credit)

Canada's Christine de Bruin piloted her monobob sled to gold while teammate Cynthia Appiah claimed silver at a World Cup event in Altenberg, Germany, on Saturday.

De Bruin, of Stony Plain, Alta., raced down the track in a two-run, combined time of one minute 59.96 seconds.

"I'm still in shock," de Bruin said. "I thought for sure I would get my first win in the two-woman, not monobob, but it feels great and shows that we are right on track."

Appiah, of Toronto, was 13-hundredths of a second behind her teammate but moved into the top spot of the monobob season standings with the result.

"I'm super happy to have won my third medal in a row, but super disappointed with my second run. Things started to snowball and despite fighting back in each corner, it wasn't enough to hold onto the lead," Appiah said.

"I'm very confident that I can medal in every race. I know my starts are killer, and I can cash in on that advantage that I give myself if I put down two decent runs each race."

Kaillie Humphries, who now slides for the U.S., was third in 2:00.15.

WATCH | Canadians go 1-2 in monobob in Altenberg:

In the men's two-man bobsleigh event, Canadian pilot Justin Kripps and brakemen Cam Stones picked up a bronze-medal finish behind a pair of German sleds.

The Canadian duo finished in a two-run time of one minute 50.68 behind German pilots Christoph Hafer (1:50.59) and Francesco Friedrich (1:50.37).

"We didn't have the best draw going off 13th on the first run. The track frosted up a bit and I had a mistake at the bottom, but the second run was more even and we stepped up with a big push and a good drive," Kripps said.

Canada's Chris Spring and Mike Evelyn just missed a spot on the podium in fourth, 0.02 seconds behind the other Canadian sled.

WATCH | Canada's Kripps, Stones claim bronze in Germany:

Action continues from Altenberg with the women's two-man bobsleigh event on Sunday, which you can stream live on CBCSports.ca.

You can also catch more bobsleigh action on Road to the Olympic Games, streaming on Saturday at 5 p.m. ET, as well as CBC TV (check your local listings).

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