Alex Kopacz is a Canadian bobsledder and reigning Olympic champion in the two-man bob-sleigh event. In his Olympic debut at PyeongChang 2018, Kopacz won gold in the two-man event with pilot Justin Kripps. They were part of just the second ever tie for an Olympic bobsleigh gold medal, matching the four-run total time of Germans Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis.
Born in London, Ontario, Kopacz started his sporting career as a varsity level shot putter at University of Western Ontario where he earned a mechanical engineering degree. With encouragement from his university coaches he attended a Canadian talent ID camp for bobsleigh athletes in April 2013. His performance earned him an invitation to train with the national team and participate in a testing camp that August and he quickly realized he had potential when coaches told him to stick it out for four years. After racing his first North American Cup races with pilot Nick Poloniato in November 2013, Kopacz knew his decision had been made.
After that first season, he joined the World Cup circuit in 2014-15 and competed in his first world championships. In January 2016, Kopacz celebrated his first World Cup podium when he was part of Kripps’ four-man crew that won bronze in Lake Placid. The following seasons, he and Kripps found their groove, earning four World Cup podiums together in the two-man event, including one victory, and captured the Crystal Globe as overall World Cup champions for 2017-18.
When Alex is not racing down a bobsled track, he keeps up his mechanical engineering skills up to date by doing contract work and says his dream job would be to work for a big project company such as NASA, SpaceX, or Tesla. In the off-season he also enjoys playing piano and guitar and taking the odd Latin dance class.