Helen Upperton Leads all Three Canadian Women’s Sleds into Top-10 at World Cup in Italy
CESANA, Ita.—Helen Upperton led all three Canadian women’s sleds into the top-10 with a fourth-place finish in World Cup bobsleigh action on Saturday in
. Cesana, Italy
The 30-year-old Calgarian, who is one of the top pilots in the world on the women’s circuit, reconvened with Edmonton’s Jenny Ciochetti to post a two-run time of one minute 56.51 seconds for her best result of the year in the Canada 2 sled. It was Ciochetti’s first race of the season since recovering from an injury sustained this fall.
“I’m not completely happy with any of my race results so far, but last year I came out and won right away and then struggled later in the year and maybe this year things are going to be different,” said Upperton. “I think I have been concentrating too much on results and not enough on doing the right things down the track. It was nice to have Jenny back competing this week. All of the girls have been pushing so great so the pilots are in such a great position and helps us to focus on driving.”
Fourth place is familiar territory for Upperton in
“I’ve really dropped that fourth place thinking because I won here two years ago,” said Upperton. “I really believe it is not where you finish, but how you perform and I am okay with not winning a medal if I know I did my best and that I am really happy with the way I competed.”
“We are building towards better results each race. We are getting closer, but still have lots of work to do, and are now looking forward to heading to
Two other Canadian sleds also drove their way into the top-10. Calgary’s 24-year-old Kaillie Humphries, who won a bronze medal two weeks ago in Lake Placid, finished in sixth spot with Shelley-Ann Brown, of Pickering, Ont., with a combined time of 1:56.70 in Canada 1.
Heather Moyse, of Summerside, P.E.I., who pushed Humphries to the podium in Lake Placid, catapulted
Shauna Rohbock and Michelle Rzepka, of the
Earlier in the day, two Canadian men’s sleds hit the start line in search of their first podium finish in the two-man competition.
Two-time Olympic medallist, Pierre Lueders, was poised to strike for the podium after sitting in third spot after the opening run with David Bissett. The
Lyndon Rush, of
dominated the men’s competition winning the gold and silver medals. Beat Hefti and Thomas Lamparter finished on top with a time of 1:52.37, while Ivo Rueegg and Cedric Grand were second at 1:52.59. Steven Holcomb piloted the Switzerland 1 sled to third spot (1:52.87) with Curtis Tomasevicz pushing him. USA
The World Cup wraps up in Cesana 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. Shauna Rohbock/Michelle Rzepka,
Other Canadian Results:
6. Kaillie Humphries, Calgary/Shelley-Ann Brown,
Top-Five Men’s Two-Man Bobsleigh Results:
1. Beat Hefti/Thomas Lamparter, SUI 2, 1:52.37; 2. Ivo Rueegg/Cedric Grand, SUI 1, 1:52.59; 3. Steven Holcomb/Curtis Tomasevicz,
Other Canadian Results: