Canadian Bobsleigh Athletes Enjoy Solid Day Sliding into Top-Five at St. Moritz
January 29, 2011
ST. MORITZ, Sui.—Canadian bobsleigh athletespowered all three women and men’s sleds into the top-five at a World Cup stopin St. Moritz, Switzerland on Saturday.
Calgary’sKaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse of Summerside, P.E.I., had their bestshowing together of the season at the birthplace of the sliding sports and theonly natural refrigerated track in the world. The Olympic gold medallists hoppedinto the Canada 1 sled and posted a fourth-place time of two minutes, 15.73seconds (2:15.73).
“That wasdefinitely better today and I’m happy,” said the 25-year-old Humphries. “Our planwas to come to St. Moritz and use it as a springboard to the WorldChampionships, and we were able to do that today.”
WithMoyse forced to the sidelines for the first half of the World Cup season whilerecovering from a severe foot injury suffered while playing for Canada at theWorld Cup of Rugby this summer, Humphries teamed up with World Cup rookiebrakeman Heather Hughes to win her lone bronze medal of the post-Olympic yearin Whistler, B.C. Humphries and Moyse have been finding their way back to thetop of the pack since reuniting early in January.
“I thinkthere are a lot of things that may have contributed to our results this year,”said Humphries. “Having Heather (Moyse) back helps the velocity heading downthe track. We are improving every single race and will continue to move on fromhere to World Championships.”
Canada’sOlympic silver medallists, Helen Upperton and Shelley-Ann Brown, had anothersolid outing finishing on the bumper of their World Cup mates in fifth spot.Calgary’s Upperton and Brown, of Pickering, Ont., clocked-in at 2:15.77.
TheGermans swept the women’s podium. Sandra Kiriasis and Berit Wiacker won thegold with a time of 2:14.89. Anja Schneiderheinze and Christin Senkel finishedsecond at 2:15.17, while Cathleen Martini and Romy Logsch claimed the bronze at2:15.54.
The solidday for Canada got underway in the morning with Lyndon Rush, of Humboldt, Sask.and Edmonton’s Neville Wright teaming up to finish fifth in the men’s two-manbobsleigh race. Rush, who became the first Canadian in more than 40 years towin an Olympic bronze medal in four-man bobsleigh last winter, piloted his Canada1 sled to a time of 2:12.92.
Germany’sManuel Machata and Andreas Bredau teamed up to win the men’s gold with a timeof 2:12.27. Switzerland’s Beat Hefti and Thomas Lamparter defended their hometrack by winning the silver at 2:12.30, while Thomas Florschuetz and KevinKuske, drove the Germany 3 sled to the bronze medal position on the podium witha time of 2:12.66.
The WorldCup wraps up on Sunday in St. Moritz with the men’s four-man bobsleigh race.
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Top-Five Women’s and CanadianResults:
1.SandraKiriasis/Berit Wiacker, GER 1, 2:14.89; 2. Anja Schneiderheinze/ChristinSenkel, GER 3, 2:15.17; 3. Cathleen Martini/Romy Logsch, GER 2, 2:15.54; 4.Kaillie Humphries, Calgary/Heather Moyse, Summerside, P.E.I., CAN 1, 2:15.73;5. Helen Upperton, Calgary/Shelley-Ann Brown, Pickering, Ont., CAN 2, 2:15.77.
Top-Five Men’s Results:
1.Manuel Machata/Andreas Bredau, GER 1, 2:12.27; 2. Beat Hefti/Thomas Lamparter,SUI 1, 2:12.30; 3. Thomas Florschuetz/Kevin Kuske, GER 3, 2:12.66; 4. AlexsandrZubkov/Dmitry Trunenkov, RUS 1, 2:12.73; 5. Lyndon Rush, Humboldt,Sask./Neville Wright, Edmonton, CAN 1, 2:12.92.