Kaillie Humphries Extends Golden Streak to Five at World Cup in Park City
November 16, 2012
—Team Spring slides to eighth, Team Rush medal hopes crashed—
PARK CITY, Utah—Canada’s Kaillie Humphries continued what is developing into one of the most impressive victory streaks in winter sport by winning her fifth straight international bobsleigh race under the lights Friday in Park City, Utah.
The 27-year-old Humphries’ dominating streak, which has included three different brakemen, extends back to last February in Whistler – the same track she became the first Canadian to win an Olympic gold medal in women’s bobsleigh in 2010. Her golden trail continued west into Calgary the following week before she won the 2012 World Championships in Lake Placid, N.Y. to cap off a stellar month.
A hard summer of training, Humphries returned to Lake Placid to win yet another gold to kick-off the pre-Olympic season one week ago – only this time with rookie brakeman - 25-year-old Chelsea Valois of Zenon Park, Sask.
Posting dominant start times and nearly perfect runs, the dynamic Canadian duo left no doubt on Friday they are the best in the world, winning both heats in convincing fashion en route to posting a combined time of one minute, 39.49 seconds.
“This is just Chelsea’s second World Cup race and she has tonnes of potential,” said Humphries. “It shows I have had some great athletes pushing me along the way. I just keep trying to learn and find the fastest way down the track,” said Humphries.
It was the sixth career victory for Humphries, bringing the reigning world champion's medal total to 14 on the World Cup circuit.
“It is real exciting especially as we get closer to Sochi, but I’m fairly new too. I still make mistakes so I keep trying to get as consistent as possible.”
Sandra Kiriasis and Franziska Bertels finished second in the Germany 1 sled at 1:39.77, while Cathleen Martini and Stephanie Schneider climbed three spots in the final run to grab the bronze medal with a time of 1:39.81.
Edmonton’s rookie pilot, Jenny Ciochetti, joined up with Emily Baadsvik, of St. Stephen, N.B., in the Canada 2 sled to finish 12th at 1:41.02.
Using black paint in place of hair, the Canadian women were rocking more than lightening fast Eurotech sleds as the team decided to join their furry-lipped male comrades by sporting moustache’s in recognition of Movember – a fundraising campaign to raise money for prostate cancer.
“I will shave next week. I promise,” laughed Humphries after popping out of her victorious Canada 1 sled at the finish dock. “<Movember> is not just for the guys. The girls on the Canadian Team figured we can rock the moustache too.”
On Friday afternon Calgary’s Chris Spring and Edmonton’s Adam Rosenke teamed up to finish as the top Canadians in the men’s two-man bobsleigh race. Thanks to Rosenke’s strong pushes, the 28-year-old Spring clocked a two-run time of 1:37.63 for eighth spot in the Canada 2 sled.
“It was another tough day of racing for everyone, but I am happy with the result today. To be eighth in such a close race is a great result for Team Spring and I'm sure we will keep building on this as the season progresses,” said Chris Spring, who is back to his elite form since the world saw prior to a season-ending crash last January. “Being back racing again is amazing. I am loving being on tour with a great bunch of guys and can't wait to keep moving forward with this great team.”
Justin Kripps, of Summerland, B.C., piloted the Canada 3 sled to 14th place. The 25-year-old rookie driver teamed up with former CFL football player, Nick Carriere of Rockland, Ont., to post a time of 1:37.97.
Olympic medal-winning teammates Lyndon Rush, of Humboldt, Sask., and Calgary’s Lascelles Brown were en route to their first victory of the young World Cup season while smashing the field with the fastest starts in both heats. Sitting in second spot heading into the final run down the 15-corner track, the Canadian duo who were reunited for the first time since Brown’s return to the Canadian program, rolled out of corner 13, dropping them to 20th spot at 1:39.28.
“I am feeling for Team Rush, but I am sure those boys will bounce back as they always do,” said Spring. “Lyndon is an amazing driver who I have so much respect for. I know he will be back to his best come tomorrow.”
The men’s World Cup podium was a repeat of week one in Lake Placid with the American sleds grabbing the top-two spots once again. Steven Holcomb and Steven Langton teamed up in the USA 1 sled for the gold with a time of 1:37.40. Cory Butner and Charles Berkeley matched their opening week performance with the silver medal in the USA 2 sled at 1:52.35. Germany’s Francesco Friedrich and Gino Gerhardi rounded out the podium in third at 1:37.50.
A replay of the women’s bobsleigh race can be viewed on Sportsnet ONE on November 18 at 6 p.m. EST, and November 19 at 8 a.m. EST. The men’s two-man bobsleigh race will be replayed on Sportsnet ONE, November 18 at 5 p.m. EST, and again on November 19 at 7 a.m. EST.
The World Cup continues on Saturday in Lake Placid, N.Y., with the men’s four-man bobsleigh race.
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Complete Results: www.fibt.com
Top-Five Women’s Bobsleigh Results:
1.Humphries, Calgary/Valois, Zenon Park, Sask., CAN 1, 1:39.49; 2. Kiriasis/Bertels, GER 1, 1:39.77; 3. Martini/Schneider, GER 2, 1:39.81; 4. Greubel/Eberling, USA 3, 1:39.88; 5. Fenlator/Azevedo, USA 1, 1:39.99.
Other Canadian Results:
12. Ciochetti, Edmonton/Baadsvik, St. Stephen, N.B., CAN 2, 1:41.02
Top-Five Two-Man Bobsleigh Results:
1. Holcomb/Langton, USA 1, 1:37.40; 2. Butner/Berkeley, USA 2, 1:37.43; 3. Friedrich/Gerhardi, GER 3, 1:37.50; 4. Melbardis/Dreiskens, LAT 1, 1:37.55; 5. Bertazzo/Costa, ITA 1, 1:37.60.
8. Spring, Calgary/Rosenke, Edmonton, CAN 2, 1:37.63; 14. Kripps, Summerland, B.C./Carreire, Rockland, Ont., CAN 3, 1:37.97; 20. Rush, Humboldt, Sask./Brown, Calgary, CAN 1, 1:39.28.