All his life, Josh Kirkpatrick had been an athlete who dreamed of going to the Olympic Games. An exceptional track and field athlete in high school and university, he represented Canada in pole vault at the 2009 Jeux de la Francophonie. But after graduation, he left high performance sport behind until a random encounter with a bobsleigh coach while playing rec league slo-pitch.
He attended a talent ID camp in the summer of 2014 and that December made his first World Cup start as a member of Chris Spring’s four-man crew. He was part of history in his world championship debut in 2015 as he pushed for Kaillie Humphries who became the first ever female pilot of a four-man sled at the worlds. Kirkpatrick has continued to be a key contributor to Canada’s four-man sleds on the World Cup circuit.
His career-best result came in December 2016 when he helped push Justin Kripps to a fifth-place finish in Whistler. He matched that result in December 2017 when he was a member of Spring’s crew that finished fifth in Winterberg, Germany.
A little more about Josh
Getting into the Sport: Was terrified heading into his first bobsleigh training camp because of the intensity of the all the big guys on the team but it opened his eyes to the dedication bobsleigh demands… Outside Interests: Graduated from Cornell University in 2010 with a degree in Applied Economics and Management with a specialization in Marketing… Worked with the Calgary Flames for three years before getting into bobsleigh… Works at Easter Seals in London, ON during the off-season… Plays golf as often as he can and also enjoys slo-pitch… Gets through the grind of being on the road by playing games with his teammates.