Kaillie Humphries and Melissa Lotholz Bounce Back with Bobsleigh Bronze at World Cup in La PLagne
January 30, 2015
—Dave Greszczyszyn leads Canadians with 13th-place finish in men’s skeleton—
LA PLAGNE, Fra.—Kaillie Humphries and Melissa Lotholz slid back onto the World Cup bobsleigh podium after winning the bronze medal in La Plagne, France on Friday.
Rebounding after a difficult race one week ago in Konigssee, the Calgary-based duo captured their second bronze medal of the season together, and third for Humphries, after clocking a time of 2 minutes, 2.44 seconds on the 1,507-metre track nestled in a valley of the French Alps.
“I had two consistent runs so overall it was a great day,” said Humphries who also won a bronze medal this year in Calgary with Kate O’Brien.
The 28-year-old Humphries has enjoyed great success on the relatively unknown track in France. In just three appearances she has two of her 13 career victories in La Plagne to go along with Friday’s bronze medal finish. It was the 25th World Cup medal for the two time Olympic and World Champion.
“I like this track a lot,” laughed Humphries on the podium at the finish dock following the race. “Overall I’m really happy with our starts. We keep improving and are getting closer to these guys (American sleds).”
It was just the second medal ever for the 22-year-old rookie, Melissa Lotholz, who teamed up with Humphries this fall for her first stint on the World Cup. The newly-created duo also won the bronze in Altenberg, Germany in the first race back after the holiday break.
The Canadians shared the podium with two American sleds. Humphries’ friend, and top rival, Elana Meyers Taylor teamed up with Cherrelle Garrett to win the gold with a time of 2:01.93. Jamie Greubel Poser and Lauryn Williams were second at 2:02.17.
Earlier in the day it was Dave Greszczyszyn, of Brampton, Ont., leading the way for the Canucks in the men’s skeleton race. With track conditions forcing officials to stage a one-run race, the 35 year old Canadian placed 13th at 1:01.58. Calgary’s Barrett Martineau slid into 19th spot with a time of 1:02.13.
Latvia’s Martins Dukurs continued his dominance of the 2015 season, winning his fifth race of the year with a time of 59.77. Russia’s Alexander Tretiakov slid to the silver with a time of 1:00.17, while Latvia’s Tomass Dukurs clocked-in at 1:00.64 for the bronze.
The World Cup continues on Saturday in La Plagne with women’s skeleton and men’s two-man bobsleigh action.
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Top-Five Women’s and Canadian Results:
1. Elana Meyers Taylor/Cherelle Garrett, USA, 2:01.93; 2. Jamie Greubel Poser/Lauryn Williams, USA, 2:02.17; 3. Kaillie Humphries, Calgary/Melissa Lotholz, Calgary, CAN, 2:02.44; 4. Jazmin Fenlator/Natalie Deratt, USA, 2:02.62; 5. Anja Schneiderheinze/Franziska Bertels, GER, 2:02.68
Top-Five Men’s and Canadian Skeleton Results:
1. Martins Dukurs, LAT, 59.77; 2. Alexander Tretiakov, RUS, 1:00.17; 3. Tomass Dukurs, LAT, 1:00.64; 4. Christopher Grotheer, GER, 1:00.75; 5. Nikita Tregybov, RUS, 1:00.79
13. Dave Greszczyszyn, Brampton, Ont., 1:01.58; 19. Barrett Martineau, Calgary, 1:02.13.