December 14, 2013, LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (ISN) – Canada’s golden girls, Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse, are back on top of the World Cup podium.
The Canadian duo mixed together the two quickest starts, with the two fastest runs down the tricky Lake Placid track, to produce their second gold medal of the season. The reigning Olympic champions clocked a two-run of 1:53.66.
“Things went as planned. The pushes were great and the driving was good,” said the 28-year-old Humphries. “Everybody that you push with has a different style, but Heather and I compete for each other. I just know when she is in the sled the starts will be quick and I can feel the sled move.”
Nursing a back injury, Moyse did not train all week, but you’d never know it come race day.
“It was nice to have Heather back in the sled today,” said Humphries. “She didn’t push all week and then today comes in and we have the two fastest starts. I think it shows the comfort we both have for each other.”
The three American sleds were hot on the Canadians tail once again in Lake Placid, grabbing the next three spots in the race. Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams slid to the silver medal at 1:53.78, while Jamie Greubel and Katie Eberling rounded out the women’s podium in third at 1:54.00.
One week ago, Mother Nature put an end to Humprhies’ historic streak of 15 straight podium finishes in a row, including 11 victories, that extended over three seasons.
With Moyse nursing her back instead of hitting the start line for the second race in two days last week, heavy snow bounced Humphries and Chelsea Valois off the podium in Park City.
“Being first off in a snow race is never good and that result was 100 per cent because of the conditions,” said Humphries, who was seventh. “But you have to forget about it and know that there are lessons learned in every race. There was a lesson somewhere in there last week. But I’m happy with where we are right now. Heather and I know we still have things to work on, but we have a couple of wins and a silver medal so that’s good.”
Edmonton’s Jenny Ciochetti and Chelsea Valois, of Zenon Park, Sask., placed 14th at 1:55.34.
Earlier in the day, it was the Canadian men’s turn to complete their second two man race in as many days.
Calgary’s Chris Spring and Jesse Lumsden, of Burlington, Ont., were the top Canadian sled in sixth with a time of 1:51.02.
Justin Kripps, of Summerland, B.C., and Edmonton’s Bryan Barnett posted their second-straight eighth-place finish with a time of 1:51.13.
“I’m really happy with the way we’ve started off the season,” said Kripps. “I know we’re capable of more. We have some things to clean up, but we are moving in the right direction.”
Lyndon Rush, of Humboldt, Sask., and Calgary’s Lascelles Brown were 13th at 1:51.77.
The American sleds swept the podium for the first time ever in Lake Placid.
Steve Holcomb and Chris Fogt remain unbeaten in 2013 after setting the pace at 1:50.19. Nick Cunningham and Johnny Quinn were back on the podium in the silver-medal position with a time of 1:50.74. Cory Butner and Charles Berkeley slid to the bronze medal with a time of 1:50.85.
The first half of the World Cup season wraps up on Sunday in Lake Placid with the second women’s skeleton race of the weekend, followed by the men’s four-man bobsleigh race. Canada’s Olympic Bobsleigh Team will be named during a media event in Montreal on Monday, December 16.
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Top-Five Women’s Bobsleigh Results:
1. Kaillie Humphries, Calgary/Heather Moyse, Summerside, P.E.I., CAN, 1:53.66; 2. Elana Meyers/Lauryn Williams, USA, 1:53.78; 3. Jamie Greubel/Katie Eberling, USA, 1:54.00; 4. Jazmine Fenlator/Emily Azevedo, USA, 1:54.07; 5. Cathleen Martini/Christin Senkel, GER, 1:54.24
Other Canadian Results:
14. Jenny Ciochetti, Edmonton/Chelsea Valois, Zenon Park, Sask., CAN, 1:55.34
Top-Five Men’s Two-Man Bobsleigh Results:
1. Steven Holcomb/Chris Fogt, USA, 1:50.19; 2. Nick Cunningham/Johnny Quinny, USA, 1:50.74; 3. Cory Butner/Charles Berkeley, USA, 1:50.85; 4. Thomas Florschuetz/Kevin Kuske, GER, 1:50.88; 5. Alexander Zubkov/Maxim Belugin, RUS, 1:50.92
6. Chris Spring, Calgary/Jesse Lumsden, Burlington, Ont., CAN, 1:51.02; 8. Justin Kripps, Summerland, B.C./Bryan Barnett, Edmonton, CAN, 1:51.13; 13. Lyndon Rush, Humboldt, Sask./Lascelles Brown, Calgary, CAN, 1:51.77