Kripps tops the world driver rankings and is bidding to bring home Canada's second gold medal in the two-man competition after Pierre Lueders' victory at Nagano in 1998.
The Netherlands, meanwhile, is in position to win another gold medal in speedskating at the Olympics.
"I chose to just kind of keep it quiet for the moment and just personally reflect on that for a bit and dedicate the race to her, and focus back up and get ready for the task at hand", he added.
"The whole community supports each other, when people win they are happy and when they lose we all feel sad together", explained Kopacz.
"I was just so excited and everyone started mobbing into the track", Kripps said.
France's Marie Martinod added a second silver to go with the one she captured in Sochi four years ago when the sport made its Olympic debut.
The contest was an excellent reminder of why bobsleigh is a game of milliseconds, as the Canada 1 sled never had the fastest time in any of its four runs, finishing in second, third, third and third.
"I didn't know it was a tie at first", Kripps said.
But the country's hopes for a podium didn't last long after Kripps was involved in an ugly crash late in the second heat and wound up last.
As the screen showed Kripps and Kopacz finished with the same winning time, Friedrich and Margis walked to the finish line and hugged their Canadian counterparts.
Local Summerland bobsledder Justin Kripps is within sight of an Olympic medal. Both those teams would finish out of the medals, a testament to how absurdly tight the times were at the top of the standings. 'And I saw the Germans, and they were super excited, too, and I was like, "that's nice, they're really excited we won the gold"'.
Justin Olsen and brakeman Evan Weinstock were the top American sled, placing 14th.
We will remind that the Olympic games 2018 in South Korea's Pyeongchang will be held from 9 to 25 February.
Leading the event halfway through, the team is in a position to medal should they keep their form through the final slides of the competition. Twenty-year-old Gao Tingyu of China took bronze.
Lorentzen is the first Norwegian champion over the distance since 1948. Prior to the Olympic Winter Games, Kripps had an outstanding World Cup season where he won the Crystal Globe with 1631 points.