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Canadians proud of results in Beijing 2022 two-woman bobsleigh event

Team Canada’s Cynthia Appiah and Dawn Richardson Wilson compete in the 2-woman bobsleigh heat 3

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Led by the duo Christine de Bruin and Kristen Bujnowski, two Canadian sleds finished within the top eight of the two-woman bobsleigh event at Beijing 2022.

de Bruin and Bujnowski entered the final day just 0.42 back of a spot on the podium but couldn’t make up enough time in their third and fourth runs, placing them fifth overall with a total time of 4:06.37.

Team Canada’s Christine de Bruin and Kristen Bujnowski compete in the 2-woman bobsleigh heat 3
Team Canada’s Christine de Bruin and Kristen Bujnowski compete in the 2-woman bobsleigh heat 3 during the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games on Saturday, February 19, 2022. Photo by COC/Handout Dave Holland

“I think we really put down four solid runs, four solid pushes” said de Bruin, who won bronze in the women’s monobob earlier in the Games. “It all just came down to we couldn’t gain.”

“I’m really, really proud of us and what we’ve done.”

The Germans continued their domination of sliding sports in Beijing with Laura Nolte winning gold with a time of 4:03.96 and Mariama Jamanka taking the silver with a time of 4:04.73. American Elana Meyers Taylor took the bronze with a time of 4:05.48 and another German, Kim Kalicki, finished fourth with a time of 4:06.28.

The fifth-place finish is an improvement for de Bruin in the two-woman event from PyeongChang 2018 where she finished seventh. Bujnowski, taking part in her first Olympic Games, was happy to team up with de Bruin for Beijing.

“I think it was really exciting,” Bujnowski said of her Olympic experience. “I think we worked really well as a team and really supported each other. We each made mistakes at certain times and we were really great at certain times and we both stood by each other. I think that’s a really important part of a strong team.”

Canada’s Cynthia Appiah and brakewoman Dawn Richardson Wilson, meanwhile, entered the day in eighth and would finish there with a total time of 4:07.52. It certainly could have been a much worse result given that the two had a crash near the end of their third run. Although clearly frustrated, both would be okay.

Appiah said the crash looked much worse than it actually was.

“I think I was more upset that the crash happened than anything,” she said. “I got a little bit of a shoulder bruise but, all things considered, it could have been worse and I’m glad that’s the worst of it.”

In their fourth and final run, Appiah had difficulty with one corner but this time recovered nicely to keep the sled on its tracks. Being able to quickly rebound from a rough result is part of the sport, she said.

“In this sport you really have to live in the moment, process the mistakes as quickly as possible and move on because you’ve got another run. I knew that, for Dawn, I couldn’t let her Olympic experience end on such a bad note and for myself as well. I knew that the fourth run was go big or go home.”

Both Appiah and Richardson Wilson were taking part in their first Olympic Games. Appiah was an alternate brakewoman four years ago in PyeongChang but made the move to pilot soon after.

The third Canadian sled in the two-woman event, featuring pilot Melissa Lotholz with brakewoman Sara Villani, finished 12th with a time of 4:08.37. The duo entered the final two heats in 16th position but had a good, clean day of sliding to move up the standings.

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Watch Canadian sleds race in the Olympic 2-man bobsleigh event | CBC Sports

Watch Canadian sleds race in the Olympic 2-man bobsleigh event | CBC Sports

Click on the video players below to watch live action from the first two heats of the Olympic two-man bobsleigh event at the 2022 Beijing Olympic Winter Games.

Canadian pilots Justin Kripps, Chris Spring and Taylor Austin will be in competition at the Yanqing National Sliding Centre, with the first heat set to begin on Monday at 7:05 a.m. ET.

WATCH | Heat No. 1 – Olympic two-man bobsleigh:

Bobsleigh – Men’s Two-Man Heat 1

Check out Men’s Bobsleigh action on Day 10 of the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022. 0:00

The second heat is slated to start at 8:50 a.m. ET.

WATCH | Heat No. 2 – Olympic two-man bobsleigh:

Bobsleigh – Men’s Two-Man Heat 2

Check out Men’s Bobsleigh action on Day 10 of the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022. 0:00

The final two runs of competition are set for Tuesday at 7:15 a.m. ET and 8:50 a.m. ET.

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How to Watch Bobsleigh Events at the 2022 Winter Olympics

How to Watch Bobsleigh Events at the 2022 Winter Olympics

How to Watch Bobsleigh Events at the 2022 Winter Olympics originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

Zipping its way into Beijing is bobsleigh, as the fast-paced sport makes for one of the most exciting events to watch at the 2022 Winter Olympics.

All the bobsleigh races will take place at the Yanqing National Sliding Centre, located about 45 miles northwest of Beijing.

The United States should be battling it out for medals in all four events, which includes the Olympic debut of the monobob, the one-woman bobsleigh competition. The Americans are coming off a fairly quiet 2018 Olympic performance in bobsleigh, where they secured just one silver medal.

Here is everything you need to know to watch bobsleigh at the 2022 Winter Olympics.

What is the schedule for bobsleigh at the 2022 Winter Olympics?

Below is the event and streaming information for each day of competition for bobsleigh:

Who won gold in bobsleigh at the 2018 Winter Olympics?

Germany dominated the podium in PyeongChang.

The country secured gold medals in all three bobsleigh events. The two-man team of Thorsten Margis and Francesco Friedrich tied Canada’s two-man squad for gold in the two-man race. Margis, Friedrich, Martin Grothkopp and Candy Bauer took first in the four-man race and Mariama Jamanka and Lisa Buckwitz won gold in the two-woman event.

The three gold medals for Germany pulled them out of a tie with Switzerland for most gold medals in Olympic bobsleigh history.

Who is competing in bobsleigh for Team USA at the 2022 Winter Olympics?

Kaillie Humphries and Elana Meyers Taylor will be leading the United States for a chance at a gold medal in bobsleigh as the two pilots of the women’s team.

If the name Kaillie Humphries sounds familiar to the bobsleigh community, it’s because it should. Humphries represented Canada at the three previous Olympics before earning her U.S. citizenship in December to race for the red, white and blue. She won gold in 2010 and 2014 alongside partner Heather Moyse, as well as bronze in 2018 with Phylicia George. Humphries has also added 13 world championship wins as she’s the most decorated woman in bobsled history.

Meyers Taylor is a three-time Olympic medalist with two silvers and a bronze medal to her name. She’s also a two-time world champion in bobsled.

First-time Olympians Sylvia Hoffman and Kaysha Love will be the brakewomen for Humphries and Meyers Taylor. Aja Evans will serve as an alternate.

On the men’s side, Hunter Church figures to be the lead pilot for the United States, but a broken toe suffered during this season may decrease his chances at the podium. Brakemen Hakeem Adbul-Sboor and Carlo Valdes return for their second Olympics.

New Olympians on the men’s team are pilot Frank Del Duca and brakemen Josh Williamson, Charlie Volker, Jimmy Reed and Kris Horn. Nic Taylor, who is the husband of Meyers Taylor, will serve as the alternate.

What countries are the favorites to medal at the 2022 Winter Olympics?

All eyes are on Germany again in the bobsleigh events for Beijing, but the United States could be the country to give the Germans the most problems.

The foursome of Margis, Friedrich, Bauer and Alexander Schueller (who competed in place of Grothkopp) recently won gold at the 2021 world championships and it would be shocking to not see the German squad on the podium.

The German two-woman team will have some competition from the United States. Germany’s Jamanka finished in sixth with new partner Vanessa Mark at the 2021 world championships, while the new U.S. duo of Humphries and Lolo Jones took first. Jones is not a member of the team after competing in track and field at the Summer Olympics.

Humphries is also expected to be a favorite to win one of the inaugural monobob medals. She is the reigning 2021 world champion in the event. World silver medalist Stephanie Schnider of Germany and Meyers Taylor should provide tough opponents for Humphries.

What country has the most medals in bobsleigh?

While Germany may have overtaken Switzerland for the most gold medals, the Swiss still own the most total models in bobsleigh.

Switzerland has earned 31 medals in bobsleigh, with 10 gold, 10 silver and 11 bronze.

Behind them is Germany and the United States, which are tied with 25 medals apiece. The Germans have won at least two medals in four of the last five Winter Olympics. The Americans have medaled in at least one bobsleigh event in every Olympics since 2002.