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Justin Kripps leads Canada to 4-man bobsleigh gold at Lake Placid

Canadian pilot Justin Kripps teamed with Ryan Sommer, Cameron Stones and Benjamin Coakwell to win the four-man bobsleigh in one minute 49.54 seconds at a World Cup event on Saturday in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Olympic champion clocked 1:49.54 with Ryan Sommer, Cameron Stones, Benjamin Coakwell

Canada's Justin Kripps along with Ryan Sommer, Cameron Stones, and Benjamin Coakwell won Saturday's four-man bobsleigh World Cup event at Lake Placid, N.Y. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Canadian pilot Justin Kripps teamed with Ryan Sommer, Cam Stones and Benjamin Coakwell to win the four-man bobsleigh in one minute 49.54 seconds at a World Cup event on Saturday in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Kripps and Co. edged Latvia's Oscars Kibermanis (1:49.61) and Russia's Maxim Andrianov (1:49.67).

"That was crazy. It was just an awesome day with the boys," Kripps said in a press release. "I thought after the first run we had a good shot. I knew the boys could push faster than we did in the first run, and they did. I'm just so happy for all the team."

Canada's Chris Spring was 10th (1:50.37) along with Neville Wright, Fabio Goncalves Silva and Dexter Janke, while teammates Nick Poloniato, Patrick Norton, William Auclair and Kostelnik Teodor were 18th of 19th finishers in 1:51.00.

WATCH | Kripps claims 4-man bobsleigh gold:

Canadian pilot Justin Kripps leads his team to victory in Lake Placid. 1:45

"We have been working really hard on the four-man. I haven't had much success in the past, but the crew is really coming together and have been pushing well," Kripps said.

The event also featured a close call for a track worker, who was almost struck by Monaco's sled, which had crashed before righting itself.

WATCH | Track worker narrowly avoids speeding bobsleigh:

A track worker was nearly flattened in Lake Placid, New York by Monaco's four-man bobsleigh team after jumping onto the track. 1:00

On Friday, Kripps and Stones captured a bronze medal in the two-man event.

WATCH | Justin Kripps' podium finish in 2-man bobsleigh:

The Canadian duo raced to a combined time of 1:52.65 to capture a bronze medal at the IBSF World Cup event in Lake Placid, N.Y. 1:58

A month ago, Kripps and brakeman Stones finished second in World Cup action in Konigssee, Germany, while last February, Kripps piloted Canada to two-man gold with brakeman Alex Kopacz at the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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