Canadian pilot Justin Kripps and brakeman Bryan Barnett sit in fourth place Sunday following the first two runs of the men's two-man bobsled event, posting a combined time of one minute, 53:26 seconds.
Kripps, of Summerland, B.C., and Edmonton's Barnett used a terrific second run to move up two spots, putting the Canadian duo in medal contention with the final two runs set for Monday (11:15 a.m. ET, streaming live at cbc.ca/olympics).
Russian pilot Alexander Zubkov and brakeman Alexey Voevoda lead the event after a two-run time of 1:52.82 seconds.
Switzerland's Beat Hefti and Alex Baumann overtook Americans Steven Holcomb and Steven Langton for second with a combined time of 1:53.14.
Holcomb and Langton are third at 1:53.18.
The Canadians are pearking at an opportune time. They won their first career World Cup two-man event in January during the last event before the Sochi Olympics.
Two other Canadian sleds finished in the top 10. Calgary's Chris Spring and Jesse Lumsden, of Burlington, Ont., currently hold the eighth spot with a combined time of 1:53.43.
Lyndon Rush, of Humbolt, Sask., and Calgary's Lascelles Brown, are in ninth at 1:53.48.