Coakwell claims bronze in third Olympics
The third time was the charm for bobsleigh brakeman Ben Coakwell as he and his four-man sled, piloted by Justin Kripps, won bronze at the Winter Games in Beijing — the third career Olympics Moose Jaw’s career.
The team qualified for Day 16’s final two runs in third place and maintained that position through the final heats.
They clocked a time of 58.44 seconds in the third run and 59.27 in the last run for an overall time of 3:55.09.
Germany’s Francesco Friedrich (3:54.30) and Johannes Lochner (3:54.67) claimed gold and silver, respectively. The Canadian sled piloted by Christopher Spring finished ninth with a time of 3:56.99.
Former Olympic bronze medallist Lyndon Rush of Humboldt was a coach with Canada’s bobsleigh team at the Games.
Weidemann selected as Closing Ceremonies flag bearer
Long track speed skater Isabelle Weidemann, who captured a medal of every colour at the Beijing Olympics, will led Team Canada in the Closing Ceremonies.
Weidemann won bronze in the women’s 3,000-metre event on Day 1 of the Games, then followed that up with a silver on Day 7 in the 5,000-m and capped off her Olympic experience with a gold in the women’s team pursuit on Day 11.
Olympic notes: Read the full Day 16 recap on Olympic.ca…Canada ended the Beijing Winter Olympics in fourth place in the medal rankings, earning at total of 26 medals (four gold, eight silver and 14 bronze).