Canada’s Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse Set More Records While Sliding to Silver Medal at Bobsleigh World Cup in Germany
January 9, 2010
KÖNIGSSEE, Ger.—Canada’s Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse picked up where they left off for the holiday break at the Bobsleigh World Cup – on the podium. The Canadian duo won a silver medal on Saturday in Königssee, Germany.
The 24-year-old Humphries and 31-year-old Moyse shattered another track start record at 5.25 in their opening heat, and matched it in their second push, en route to capturing their third medal of the season, and first silver, after clocking a two-run time of one minute 41.33 seconds.
“Today was a good day and I was really happy with my second run where I cleaned up some mistakes that I had in the first run,” said Humphries. “I’ve always believed that I can do it. I believe in myself and in my team and I know we can do it out here. My goals for Whistler have not changed, and this success we’ve had just confirms to me what I believe and that I can do it. But, I still have lots of work to do.”
The two Canucks have enjoyed immediate chemistry since partnering in the Canada 1 sled last winter prior to the World Cup at the Whistler Sliding Centre where they won a silver medal. Earlier this year, Moyse and Humphries also joined forces to win a bronze medal and the first gold in Humphries’ short career as a bobsleigh pilot.
“Both Heather and I work really well together and she understands what I need as a pilot and I think we complement each other,” said Humphries, who added that competing against Moyse as a brakeman in 2006 has helped them better understand each others needs. “Heather is an absolute powerhouse and pushes the thing all the way down which gives us great velocity. I am lucky to have her as my teammate.”
While Humphries and Moyse are nearly untouchable at the start, setting records at each World Cup stop this season, it is Humphries’ quick development into one of the top pilots in the world in just four seasons that is equally remarkable.
An alternate brakeman at the 2006 Olympics, Humphries moved into the driver’s seat in 2007 where she finished first overall in her first year on the Europa Cup circuit. In her rookie season on the World Cup she captured one World Cup bronze medal. Last year, she captured two silver medals paving the way for her breakout Olympic year where she is now driving to the podium on tracks in both North America and Europe.
“Getting to the podium on European tracks where I get less than six runs in training is a big step forward for me and definitely builds confidence,” said Humphries. “It tells me that my driving is coming, but I always know I have a long way to go. I continue to learn and ask questions to Pierre (Lueders) because he has so much experience and he continues to help me out which is awesome.”
The Canadian women’s team, who finished one-two for the first time ever on the World Cup prior to Christmas where Humphries won gold and Calgary’s Helen Upperton was second in Altenberg, Germany, continues to show the world they are one of the strongest bobsleigh nations on the globe.
Sitting in sixth spot after the opening run, Upperton, along with Shelley-Ann Brown, of Pickering, Ont., narrowly missed the podium after a charge for the medals in the second heat and finished in fourth spot with a time of 1:41.63.
World Cup rookie, Amanda Stepenko of Calgary, and Amanda Moreley, of Surrey, B.C., combined joined forces to place the Canada 3 sled in 10th spot with a time of 1:42.06.
Cathleen Martini and Romy Logsch finished on top in the women’s race, clocking a time of 1:41.04 in the Germany 2 sled. The legendary Sandra Kiriasis and Christin Senkel fought off the hard-charging Canadians to win a bronze medal in the Germany 1 sled, stopping the clock at 1:41.43.
Earlier in the day it was the Canadian men who were in a fight for the medals in a World Cup two-man race. Lyndon Rush, of Humboldt, Sask., and Calgary’s Lascelles Brown, matched their career-best two-man finish after driving the Canada 1 sled to fifth spot with combined time of 1:38.67. Rush and Brown also finished fifth in the last World Cup race in Altenberg, Germany.
Jesse Lumsden made his World Cup two-man debut in Pierre Lueders’ sled. The Edmonton duo, who sat in fifth spot after the opening run, dropped to eighth with a time of 1:38.79.
Germany grabbed the top-two spots on the men’s podium. Thomas Florschuetz and Richard Adjei Otto clocked a winning time of 1:38.17. Andre Lange and Kevin Kuske grabbed the silver medal with a time of 1:38.22. Beat Hefti and Roman Handschin teamed up in the Switzerland 2 sled to win the bronze medal at 1:38.23.
The World Cup wraps up in Königssee, Germany on Sunday with the men’s four-man race.
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Top-Five Women’s Bobsleigh Results: Complete results at www.fibt.com
1. Cathleen Martini/Romy Logsch, GER 2, 1:41.04; 2. Kaillie Humphries, Calgary/Heather Moyse, Summerside, P.E.I., CAN 1, 1:41.33; 3. Sandra Kiriasis/Christin Senkel, GER 1, 1:41.43; 4. Helen Upperton, Calgary/Shelley-Ann Brown, Pickering, Ont., 1:41.63; 5. Erin Pac/Jamie Greubel, USA 2, 1:41.82.
Other Canadian Results:
10. Amanda Stepenko, Calgary/Amanda Moreley, Surrey, B.C., CAN 3, 1:42.06.
Top-Five Men’s Two-Man Bobsleigh Results:
1. Thomas Florschuetz/Adjei Otto, GER 2, 1:38.17; 2. Andre Lange/Kevin Kuske, GER 1, 1:38.22; 3. Beat Hefti/Thomas Lamparter, SUI 2, 1:38.23; 4. Ivo Rueegg/Roman Handschin, SUI 1, 1:38.58; 5. Lyndon Rush, Humboldt, Sask./Lascelles Brown, Calgary, CAN 1, 1:38.67.
Other Canadian Results:
8. Pierre Lueders, Edmonton/Jesse Lumsden, Edmonton, CAN 2, 1:38.79.