De Bruin ready to show she's the best after silver medal win

The one-time Stony Plain resident won the honour earlier this month at a bobsled world cup in France.

De Bruin racing at a prior event for Canada. Supplied photo

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After a narrow loss for first place, Christine de Bruin sees her recent silver medal bobsled win as a great start on the track to victory.

The one-time Stony Plain resident won the honour earlier this month at a bobsled world cup in France.

She and partner Kristen Bujnowski, who were just seconds away from beating Germany for the gold, held their second-place spot throughout the event.

De Bruin said she was impressed with how they did, given that teams were not given an extensive amount of time to practice with the track they would be going down.

“You only get six runs and then you go,” she said Tuesday from Germany where she is preparing for another racing event. “We were just kind of going into it not knowing and of course the end was a happy surprise.”

During the season competitors race at different tracks around the world and most are located in Europe.

The 30-year-old began her career in bobsledding after earlier performing in track and field at Memorial Composite High School. She made the switch in university, began driving the sled in 2013 and made her debut with Canada at the 2018 Olympics in South Korea where she placed seventh.

The current season of bobsledding she is in will conclude with a final world cup race in Latvia in mid-February.

Once it wraps up, global rankings will be calculated by the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation. De Bruin is currently ranked fourth in the world by the group for two-women racing and after her recent success on the track in France, she is eager to prove she’s capable of the top spot.

“We are hungry for more,” de Bruin said. “We want to be able to have start records, get better if we can and are really working on that. We could get third or second overall and we are really working on more, too.”

De Bruin and her driver previously won the bronze medal at world championships in 2019.

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