Justin Kripps Website Censored in Russia Before Bobsledder Arrived

Image: Justin Kripps Website Censored in Russia Before Bobsledder Arrived Canadian bobsledder, Justin Kripps

Monday, 10 Feb 2014 09:38 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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Canadian bobsledder Justin Kripps found a surprise on his website last week while preparing for the Sochi Winter Olympics – his website appeared to have been censored in Russia.

Kripps snapped a screen shot of his website with a message written in Russian and posted it on his Twitter account along with a second tweet wondering aloud what it even said.

Kripps website usually contain a series of pictures of him and his bobsledding teammates and a countdown to his competition, but no obvious signs that would seem to draw the ire of Russian officials.

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The Canadian Press noted that Kripps and his teammates had taken a photo in their underwear, which was posted on Jan. 17 and went viral after gossip blogger Perez Hilton reposted it on his website.

The Globe and Mail reported that the photo also appeared on a number of gay-oriented websites.

"That's one of the things that we have discussed," Andrew Mellenger, owner of Mellenger Interactive, which re-launched Kripps's website earlier this week, told the Globe and Mail.

In January, Kripps won his first bobsled title, winning a World Cup two-man race in Germany in preparation for the Sochi Olympics, according to the Toronto Star. Kripps and brakeman Bryan Barnett beat Switzerland's Beat Hefti and Alex Baumann by 0.15 seconds just three weeks after Kripps's grandmother died on his 27th birthday.

"I know Baba was there with me today," Kripps told the Star. "I had that great first run and couldn't stop thinking I could win this thing. Lyndon (Rush, teammate) pulled me aside and said 'Any time trophies, medals, victories or anything gets in your head, slap yourself and focus.' I'm so glad he did that, because I'd be lying if (I said) that didn't keep coming into my thoughts."

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