Image of a bobsleigh shooting down an ice track.

“What makes our team unique is the character of the guys. When bullets are flying, [they] run towards the bullets instead of away,” says Ben Coakwell, brakeman on the top Canadian four-man bobsleigh team. Over the last couple months, we documented the guys doing everything from practice track runs and dry-land training, to hurling axes at wooden targets for fun. This is a group of guys who supports, coaches, and laughs with each other (and a little at each other) every step of the way.

The team is definitely doing something right. This fall, Coakwell, along with pilot Justin Kripps,  left-side crewman Jesse Lumsden, and right-side crewman Josh Kirkpatrick, captured gold at both the Canadian Bobsleigh Championships and the North American Cup Calgary. According to Kripps, technical prowess isn’t the only thing driving the wins. In the film below he shares the secret to his team’s rising success. 

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"What makes our team unique is the character of the guys. When bullets are flying, [they] run towards the bullets instead of away."

—Ben Coakwell, brakeman
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Images by Colin Adair, film by Jon Chiang

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