ST. MORITZ, Sui.—Canada’s Kaillie Humphries came up shy in her bid to win her second World Cup bobsleigh race of the season after finishing fourth at the home of the sport in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
The 26-year-old Olympic champion, along with her 28-year-old brakeman Emily Baadsvik of St. Stephen, N.B., clocked the fastest run at 1:09.29 in her first blast down the only naturally-iced bobsleigh chute in the world. The Calgarian made a costly error that killed her speed in her final run, dropping her to fourth with a time of 2:18:19.
“There was nothing major that went wrong today, but just a couple of mistakes on her second run,” said Tom de la Hunty, head coach, Canadian Bobsleigh Team. “Bottom line is if you make a mistake you are toast.”
Humphries and rookie brakeman Baadsvik are starting to turn heads on the international circuit since teaming up this fall. The Canadian duo won the World Cup stop in La Plagne, France, and captured the silver last weekend in Konigssee, Germany.
“The starts continue to improve each week and the sled is running really well,” said de la Hunty. “They had the fastest first run, but the Germans drove really well and a mistake cost us today unfortunately.”
The Germans were clean enough to sweep the women’s podium. Anja Scheiderheinze and Lisette Thone finished on top in the Germany 3 sled at 2:17.84. Cathleen Martini joined forces with Janine Tischer to slide the German 1 sled onto the silver-medal step of the podium with a time of 2:17.93, while Sandra Kiriasis and Franziska Bertels completed the sweep in third (2:18.05).
Earlier in the day, snow wreaked havoc for the world’s best women skeleton athletes in St. Moritz, forcing officials to conduct a one-run race.
Amy Gough, of Abbotsford, B.C., finished as the top Canadian in eight spot. The 34-year-old Olympian clocked a time of 1:13.37 down the 1,700 metres of natural ice that stunningly winds its way to the finish in the town of Celerina.
Calgary’s Sarah Reid and Mellisa Hollingsworth, of Eckville, Alta., were on the short end of the snow-filled draw finishing in a tie for 16th at 1:14.23.
Elizabeth Yarnold, of Great Britain, won her first World Cup race of the season with a time of 1:11.93. Shelley Rudman, also of Great Britain, captured the silver at 1:12.18, while Germany’s Katharina Heinz claimed the bronze (1:22.22).
St. Moritz, the birthplace to the world’s sliding sports, has played host to the 1928 and 1948 Olympic Winter Games.
Highlights of Canada’s bobsleigh and skeleton World Cup races will be televised on Sportsnet One, January 22, from 1-4 p.m. EST.
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Top-Five Women’s Bobsleigh and Canadian Results:
1. Anja Sheiderheinze/Lisette Thone, GER 3, 2:17.84; 2. Cathleen Martini/Janine Tischer, GER 1, 2:17.93; 3. Sandra Kiriasis/Franziska Bertels, GER 2, 2:18.05; 4. Kaillie Humphries, Calgary/Emily Baadsvik, St. Stephen, N.B., CAN 1, 2:18.19; 5. Anastasia Tambovtseva/Liudmila Udobkina, RUS 2, 2:18.67.
Top-Five Women’s Skeleton Results:
1.Elizabeth Yarnold, GBR, 1:11.93; 2. Shelley Rudman, GBR, 1:12.18; 3. Katharina Heinz, GER, 1:22.22; 4. Marion Thees, GER, 1:12.89; T5. Anja Huber, GER, 1:12.97; T5. Katharine Eustace, NZL, 1:12.97
8. Amy Gough, Abbotsford, B.C., 1:13.37; T16. Sarah Reid, Calgary, 1:14.23; T16. Mellisa Hollingsworth, Eckville, Alta., 1:14.23.