CBC Sports - Friday Feb. 21, 2014 11:56 ET

Justin Kripps added to Canada’s top 4-man bobsled team

Canadian to slide with Jesse Lumsden, Cody Sorensen & Ben Coakwell

Justin Kripps new bobsled crew
Canadian pilot Justin Kripps will have three new brakemen when he begins his medal drive in the men’s four-man bobsled event on Saturday. (Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images)
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The Canadian men’s four-man bobsled team is making a major last-minute change in an effort to maximize their medal chances.

CBC Sports Olympic host Scott Russell reported Friday that Jesse Lumsden, Cody Sorensen and Ben Coakwell will be teamed with pilot Justin Kripps and Canada 3.

The trio had been with Chris Spring through all of the World Cup season.

But Kripps, who won his first ever World Cup race in Germany last month, and finished sixth in the two-man event in Sochi, has outperformed both Lyndon Rush and Spring of late.

Spring finished seventh in the two-man competition at the Sochi Olympics, while Rush was ninth.

Under Canada 1, Spring will team with James McNaughton, Tim Randall, and Bryan Barnett, who won gold with Kripps in the two-man event in Germany.

Lyndon Rush will pilot Canada 2 with Lascelles Brown, Dave Bissett and Neville Wright.

However, Kripps will definitely have the stronger lineup on his side.

"We know what we have to do but we just need to do it," Kripps said after a training run on Thursday, before the announced change. "You know as soon as you start steering if you're going down the right line or not. A big part of being a good driver is being able to adapt."

The opening two runs of the four-man completion begins Saturday (11:30 a.m. ET, streaming live on

With files from Olympic News Service

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