|Olympic Bobsleigh Champ Drives to Gold at World Cup in France
|LA PLAGNE, Fra.Kaillie Humphries captured her first gold medal on Friday
in La Plagne, France since thrilling the nation with a dominant
performance at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games where Canadian bobsleigh
athletes finished on the top-two spots on the podium.
The 26-year-old Humphries teamed up with rookie brakeman, 28-year-old
Emily Baadsvik, to win the second World Cup race, and ninth medal, of her
career after clocking a two-run time of two minutes, 02.81 seconds
(2:02.81). Humphries and Olympic teammate, Heather Moyse, won the gold
medal at 2009 World Cup stop in Altenberg, Germany.
"It feels really nice. I didnıt expect to much today but sliding has gone
well all week and things turned out great," said Humphries, who also won
a bronze at last yearıs World Championships with Moyse to go along with
her Olympic triumph. "Emily did a great job today. The start is long and
flat which treated us well so we arevery happy."
Cathleen Martini and Janine Tischer teamed up in the Germany 2 sled to
win the silver medal at 2:02.93, while Fabienne Meyer and Hanne Schenke
locked up the bronze for Switzerland with a time of 2:02.98.
It was the first time Humphries and the worldıs best sliding sport
athletes have competed on the 1,507-metre track nestled in a valley of
the French Alps that was created for the 1992 Olympics.
"The start is long and flat and the track is quick with long pressure
corners," said Humphries. "The sled runs well here and I think the track
likes me as well. I think it is a shame we havenıt been here before and I
hope we come back."
With veteran Helen Upperton competing on a condensed schedule this year,
along with multi-sport athlete Heather Moyse taking the year off,
Humphries hooked up with another rugby star in Baadsvik this fall, while
taking the Canadian womenıs bobsleigh program on her shoulders.
"It is definitely a challenge and one we knew we would have to deal with
this year," added Humphries. "There is a lot that is new this year for
sure, and every track in Europe is new to my brakeman, but I am doing my
best to give them little tips and guide them where I can.
We have set goals together and are always focusing on the positive. This
is the second of a four-year plan and the ultimate goal is victory in
Sochi. No year will be without challenges. This year the goal is learning
how to drive the new Eurotech sleds consistently, next year we will focus
on continuing to improve the starts. And then we have to put the two
together (consistent driving and starts) in 2014."
Meanwhile, Mike Douglas was top Canuck in menıs skeleton which hit the
track earlier in the day. Torontoıs Douglas clocked-in at 2:04.07 to
place 10th. Calgaryıs John Fairbairn also slid into the top-15 after
finishing 14th at 2:04.69. World Cup rookie, Eric Neilson of Victoria,
rounded out the Canadians on Friday in 20th (2:10.15).
Latviaıs Dukurs brothers took control of the menıs race finishing
one-two. Martins Dukurs won his second-straight race with a time of
2:01.25, while Tomass, slid to the silver after stopping the clock at
2:02.23. Russiaıs Alexander Tretiakov rounded out the podium in third at
The World Cup continues on Saturday in La Plagne, France with menıs
two-man bobsleigh and womenıs skeleton.
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