Olympic Champs Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse Win Canada’s First Ever World Championship Medal in Women’s Bobsleigh
February 19, 2011
KONIGSSEE, Ger.—Canada’sKaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse teamed up to win the nation's first-everWorld Championship medal in women’s bobsleigh after driving to the bronze onSaturday in Konigssee, Germany.
Days removed from the one-year anniversary oftheir historic golden performance at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, theCanadian duo were determined to reach the podium again after posting thefastest time in the opening run of the two-day, four-run World Championshiprace on the 1,250-metre Konigssee track. After dropping two spots in the secondrun, Calgary’s Humphries, and Moyse of Summerside, P.E.I., clocked-in at3:26.74 to secure their spot on the podium.
“It feels really good and this is a great resultbecause it is no secret this has been a season of ups and downs to say theleast with injuries and driving,” said Humphries. “With everything we’ve beenthrough, to become the first Canadian women to win a World Championship medalmakes it sweeter.”
It is indeed a sweet ending to a challengingpost-Olympic season for Humphries and Moyse, who are two of the most explosiveathletes off the start in the world.
With Moyse forced to the sidelines for the firsthalf of the World Cup season while recovering from a severe foot injurysuffered while playing for Canada at the World Cup of Rugby this summer,Humphries teamed up with World Cup rookie brakeman Heather Hughes to win herlone bronze medal of the post-Olympic year in Whistler.
“The goal for us was always the WorldChampionships,” said Humphries. “I am very proud that we were able to stayfocused on that goal and then go out and get it done. There is a lot ofexpectations on us and to go and do the business and get on the podium isgreat.”
“This is an absolutely fantastic performance. Tobe able to beat the Germans on their home track is a remarkable achievement,”said Tom De La Hunty, head coach, Canadian Bobsleigh Team. “Everyone predictedthe Germans to sweep the podium so we are really happy.”
While there was no German sweep, they did grabthe gold. Cathleen Martini and Romy Logsch captured the gold medal with a timeof 3:26.11. Shauna Rohbock and Valerie Fleming, of the United States, locked upsecond spot at 3:26.33.
Calgary’s 31-year-old Helen Upperton andShelley-Ann Brown, of Pickering, Ont., fought till the final second to repeat astellar Olympic performance one year ago where the Canadians finished one-twoon the podium. Carrying momentum from winning the final World Cup stop inCesana, Italy two weeks ago, the two Canucks drove the Canada 2 sled to fifthspot at 3:26.99.
It has been a magical run for the 25-year-oldHumphries, who has captured eight World Cup podium finishes to go alongwith her Olympic gold and World Championship bronze medal in just five years ofdriving since making the switch into the pilot position following the 2006Olympic Winter Games.
‘It has been a great five years and lots hashappened in a very quick time,” said Humphries. “I’m still learning about howto drive and will always be working on my consistency. That comes with time,and when people tell me it takes time that kills me because I wish there wasstuff I can do now.”
“I’m very proud of the opportunities that I havebeen given. I continue to work as hard as I can, and I make the most out ofevery situation presented, and that is all that I can do. Records are made tobe broken and I am motivated to go out there and hopefully break some in thefuture.”
The World Championships continue on Sunday withthe final two heats in the men’s two-man race.
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Top-Five Women’s and Canadian Results:
1. Cathleen Martini/Romy Logsch, GER 2, 3:26.11;2. Shauna Rohbock/Valerie Fleming, USA 1, 3:26.33; 3. Kailley Humphries,Calgary/Heather Moyse, Summerside, P.E.I., CAN 1, 3:26.74; 4. SandraKiriasis/Berit Wiacker, GER 1, 3:26.81; 5. Helen Upperton, Calgary/ Shelley-AnnBrown, Pickering, Ont., 3:26.99.