Canadian Bobsleigh Women Disappointed with Top-10 Results at World Cup in Germany
January 21, 2011
WINTERBERG, Ger.—With podium expectations each timethey hit the start line, Canada’s women’s bobsleigh athletes will leaveWinterberg, Germany a tad frustrated despite both sleds charging into thetop-10 at a World Cup race on Friday.
Calgary’sHelen Upperton piloted the Canada 2 sled to seventh spot with a two-run time ofone minute, 55.91 seconds (1:55.91) with Shelley-Ann Brown, of Pickering, Ont.on the brakes. Olympic gold medallists, Kaillie Humphries, of Calgary, andHeather Moyse, of Summerside, P.E.I., finished right behind their teammates, placingeighth at 1:56.33.
“I was really disappointed with the seventh,”said Upperton, who won a silver medal at the 2010 Games with Brown. “I had apretty good week of training and then made some big mistakes at thebottom. I know I can do better than that, and I feel bad to let downmy brakeman and my team. But I will try to learn from these mistakes, and moveforward in a positive way for the last two World Cups.”
“It was abit of a strange day to be honest,” added Tom De La Hunty, head coach, CanadianBobsleigh Team. “Both girls made small errors today and paid the price for it.This is a very pedestrian track and you have to drive clean. But to finish inthe top-10 and be disappointed shows the level of expectation on our team.”
Germanygrabbed the top-two spots on the podium. Sandra Kiriasis and Berit Wiacker slidto the gold medal at 1:55.06, while Anja Schneiderheinze and Christian Senkelclaimed the silver with a time of 1:55.55. Shauna Rohbock and Valerie Flemingdrove the American sled back onto the podium, posting a bronze-medal winningtime of 1:55.66.
Despitethe disappointing result, fast starts and health bodies are a sign things areheading in the right direction for the Canadian women as the WorldChampionships approach. Humphries and Moyse, who is recovering from a severeleg injury, edged closer to their regular form clocking the fastest start inthe first run and matching the top start in the second heat.
“We arepleased to see Heather is back and still able to produce fast starts. We haveto be careful and bring her along slowly but she is doing well,” said De La Hunty.“Helen and Shelley-Ann are also doing really well and having solid starts. Weare looking really good which is good for World Championships.”
The WorldCup continues on Saturday in Winterberg with men’s two-man bobsleigh andwomen’s skeleton racing.
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Top-Five Women’s and CanadianResults:
1.Sandra Kiriasis/Berit Wiacker, GER 1,1:55.06; 2. Anja Schneiderheinze/Christin Senkel, GER 3, 1:55.55; 3. ShaunaRohbock/Valerie Fleming, USA 1, 1:55.66; 4. Esme Kamphuis/Judith Vis, NED 1,1:55.78; 5. Cathleen Martini/Romy Logsch, GER 2, 1:55.81.
7. Helen Upperton, Calgary/Shelley-AnnBrown, Pickering, Ont., 1:55.91; 8. Kaillie Humphries, Calgary/Heather Moyse,Summerside, P.E.I., 1:56.33