Canadian Women Storm the Podium Winning Silver and Bronze at Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Cup in Germany
January 13, 2012
—Kaillie Humphriesand Emily Baadsvik win bobsleigh silver, Mellisa Hollingsworth slides toskeleton bronze—
KONIGSSEE, Ger.—Canada’s bobsleigh and skeletonwomen slid to a silver and bronze medal at a World Cup stop in Konigssee,Germany on Friday.
Olympicchamp, Kaillie Humphries of Calgary, teamed up with Emily Baadsvik, of St.Stephen, N.B., to win the silver medal in women’s bobsleigh, while MellisaHollingsworth claimed the bronze in skeleton.
Startingwell back in 11th on the start list after missing last week’s race inAltenberg, the determined 26-year-old Humphries and rookie brakeman Baadsvik,28, overcame all odds to capture the silver medal after clocking a two-run timeof 1:44.10 on the 1,250-metre track.
“It feltgood today. Training went well all week and I like this track a lot so washappy to be back and get on the podium,” said Humphries, who was third inKonigssee at the 2011 World Championships. “I like the way it feels and the feelingI get in my hands. I think I’ve figured out how to drive here and it just seemsto work for me.”
The secondpodium finish for the Canadian duo this year comes one week after the CanadianBobsleigh Team pulled out of the Altenberg World Cup after a serious crash byTeam Spring in the final day of four-man training.
“We were definitelymotivated and happy to be racing again after an emotional week, and just wantedto be strong for the boys on Team Spring,” said Humphries, who also won a goldmedal in La Plagne, France with Baadsvik prior to the holiday break. “I thinkwe proved Canada can be down and out one week, but bounce back and be on topthe next, and that is something we should be proud of as a whole team.”
CathleenMartini and Berit Wiacker clocked a golden time in the Germany 1 sled at1:43.56. Switzerland’s Fabienne Meyer and Hanne Scheak grabbed the bronze medalwith a time of 1:44.10.
TheCanadian track to the podium started earlier in the day when MellisaHollingsworth captured the bronze after clocking a two-run time of 1:47.19.
“It wasokay today, but I didn’t slide very well. You always have to be happy with apodium, but I’m disappointed because I know I can slide better,” saidHollingsworth, who made a similar mistake coming out of the challenging Kreiselcorner on both runs. “Being competitive, I think that is the itch we haveinside of us is that we are perfectionists, but it is great to be on the podiumfor sure.”
It wasthe 30th medal in the 31-year-old Hollingsworth’s 17-year career, who also wona bronze on the Konigssee track at last year’s World Championships.
“I thinkthat is really neat,” said the two-time Olympian who also has two WorldChampionship medals to go along with a bronze at the 2006 Olympics. “We don’tget multiple opportunities to win medals at each World Cup stop in our sport soI think this is a pretty cool achievement.”
ShelleyRudman, of Great Britain, won the gold on Friday with a time of 1:46.15.Germany’s Marion Thees grabbed ahold of the overall World Cup lead fromHollingsworth after winning the silver in Konigssee with a two-run time of1:46.65.
Two otherCanadian women also hit the start line. Amy Gough, of Abbotsford, B.C., was11th (1:48.74), while Calgary’s Sarah Reid finished 17th (1:49.44).
The WorldCup continues on Saturday in Germany with men’s skeleton and two-man bobsleigh.
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Top-Five Women’s Skeleton Results:
1.Shelley Rudman, GBR, 1:46.15; 2. Marion Thees, GER, 1:46.65; 3. MellisaHollingsworth, Eckville, Alta., CAN, 1:47.19; 4. Anja Huber, GER, 1:47.27; 5.Katie Uhlaender, USA, 1:47.30
11.Amy Gough, Abbotsford, B.C., 1:48.74; 17. Sarah Reid, Calgary, 1:49.44Top-Five Women’s Bobsleigh Results:
1.Cathleen Martini/Berit Wiacker, GER 1, 1:43.56; 2. Kaillie Humphries,Calgary/Emily Baadsvik, St. Stephen, N.B., CAN, 1:44.10; 3. FabienneMeyer/Hanne Scheak, SUI 1, 1:44.10; 4. Sandra Kiriasis/Lisette Thone, GER 3,1:44.16; 5. Elana Meyers/Emily Azevedo, USA 1, 1:44.27