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Kripps, Stones begin 2019 with 2-man bobsleigh silver

Canada's Justin Kripps and brakeman Cam Stones celebrated the latter's 27th birthday with a silver medal in two-man bobsleigh at Saturday's World Cup stop in Altenberg, Germany.

Fellow Canadians Poloniato, Coakwell 14th in Altenberg, Germany

Canadian Justin Kripps, shown in this February 2018 file photo, won a silver medal in two-man bobsleigh with brakeman Cam Stones at Saturday's World Cup stop in Altenberg, Germany. (File/Canadian Press)

A month ago, Justin Kripps and his Canadian bobsleigh teammates reiterated their season goal to "sing the national anthem every weekend."

On Saturday, the first weekend of 2019, Kripps and brakeman Cam Stones came close as they celebrated the latter's 27th birthday with a silver medal in the two-man event in Altenberg, Germany.

Germany's Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis posted the fastest second-run time of 55.81 seconds en route to victory in one minute 52.19 seconds, 37-100ths of a second ahead of the Canadians (1:52.56) and Latvia's Oskars Kibermanis and Matiss Miknis (1:52.67).

Watch Justin Kripps & Cam Stones reach the podium:

The Canadians kick started 2019 on a positive note, winning a silver medal at the ISBF World Cup race in Altenberg, Germany 1:58

Hamilton's Nick Poloniato and Ben Coakwell of Regina placed 14th.

Kripps and Stones also won a two-man event at the Europe Cup on Dec. 12 at Koenigssee, Germany. Kripps then partnered with Coakwell to win the following day.

Gold in Pyeongchang

Kripps also enjoyed success in four-man competition on Dec. 16, teaming with Ryan Sommer, Stones and Coakwell for a second-place finish in Germany.

Watch the Germans ride a blistering 2nd run to victory:

The German pilot edged out his Olympic co-champion Justin Kripps to win his 3rd straight 2-man bobsleigh gold medal at the IBSF World Cup race in Altenberg, Germany. 1:59
Last season, Stones primarily raced the four-man event with Chris Spring and was part of three top-10 finishes on the World Cup circuit.

Kripps, 31, and Alex Kopacz won two-man gold at the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, tying the winning four-run time of 3:16.86 to share gold with Friedrich and Margis.

It capped a memorable season for Kripps of Summerland, B.C., who won a gold, three silver and bronze in the World Cup circuit's eight races to claim the season's overall title.

Olympic champ ekes out women's victory

Olympic champion Mariama Jamanka of Germany drove to her second World Cup bobsled win of the season Saturday, rallying in the second heat to take the victory.

Jamanka and Annika Drazek finished their two runs in one minute 57.25 seconds. Canadians Christine de Bruin and Kristen Bujnowski were second, 0.31 seconds back, while Americans Elana Meyers Taylor and Lake Kwaza were another 0.08 seconds off the pace in third.

Watch Germany edge Canada's de Bruin, Bujnowski for gold:

Reigning Olympic Champion Mariama Jamanka and brakewomen Annika Drazek won gold in the women's bobsleigh World Cup event from Altenberg, Germany 2:15

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