by Chris Dornan
January 26, 2014, KONIGSSEE, Ger. (ISN) – Canada’s Kaillie Humphries captured her second straight overall World Cup title with a bronze medal in the final race of the season in Konigssee, Germany on Sunday. Team Rush joined forces to win a bronze of their own in the men’s four-man race.
Calgary’s 28-year-old Humphries, along with Heather Moyse, of Summerside, P.E.I., racked up their fifth podium of the season after clocking a combined time of 1:44.29.
“Kaillie crushed everyone in that first run and I thought she was going to cruise to a win today,” said Tom De La Hunty, head coach, Canadian Bobsleigh Team. “But she made a mistake on that second run and when you make a mistake in a snowy race it pays you back double.”
One of the most explosive teams out of the start, the Canucks set a new women’s start record in Konigssee at 5.17 in both runs.
“Of course those records matter. There are steps to every race and I thrive on setting start records and do my job to help put Kaillie in a better position going down the track,” said Moyse earlier this year after setting a start record in Calgary as well. “Nobody puts more pressure on us to win than we do ourselves.”
The reigning Olympic champions captured three World Cup victories, one silver and one bronze medal this year for a total of 1629 points. The Canadians edged out Elana Meyers, of the United States, for the overall title. Meyers had 1628 points.
“It is a game within the game between us and the Americans and the Germans at the start. We have great respect for them, and we know it will be like this all year,” added Humphries following her season-opening win in Calgary. “We know we have a target on our backs. Our goal is to keep doing our job.”
Meyers and Aja Evans grabbed the silver on Sunday with a time of 1:44.27.
Switzerland’s Fabienne Meyer and Tanja Mayer clocked the winning time at 1:44.01.
Canada’s Jennifer Ciochetti, of Edmonton, and Chelsea Valois, of Zenon Park, Sask., were 12th at 1:45.31.
Meanwhile, Team Rush capped off their most successful weekend of the World Cup season. After winning their first two-man medal of the year on Saturday, Lyndon Rush, of Humboldt, Sask., along with Calgary’s Lascelles Brown, climbed back onto the podium today for their first four-man podium of the year with Edmontonians David Bissett and Neville Wright. The Canadian crew posted a two-run time of 1:38.84.
“It was a great end to the year for us. We medalled in all three races so we are very optimistic now heading to Sochi,” said Tom De La Hunty, head coach, Canadian Bobsleigh Team.
The American crew of Steven Holcomb, Curtis Tomasevicz, Steven Langton, Christopher Fogt won the gold at 1:38.54. Switzerland’s Beat Hefti, Alex Baumann, Juerg Egger and Thomas Amrhein snagged the silver with a time of 1:38.63.
Feeeding off his first World Cup two-man victory, Justin Kripps and his crew finished 11th in the four-man. Kripps, of Summerland, B.C., James McNaughton, of Newmarket, Ont., Tim Randall, of Burlington, Ont., and Edmonton’s Bryan Barnett stopped the clock at 1:39.25.
Calgary’s Chris Spring finished fifth in the overall World Cup four-man standings with a 12th place finish on Sunday. Spring and his crew of Jesse Lumsden, of Burlington, Ont., Ottawa’s Cody Sorensen and Saskatoon’s Ben Coakwell posted a time of 1:39.31.
The Canadian Team will now participate in a final pre-Olympic training camp in Germany before heading to Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
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Top-Five Women’s and Canadian Results:
1. Meyer/Mayer, SUI, 1:44.01; 2. Meyers/Evans, USA, 1:44.27; 3. Humphries, Calgary/Moyse, Summerside, P.E.I, CAN, 1:44.29; 4. Kiriasis/Fritz, GER, 1:44.32; 5. Kamphuis/Vis, NED, 1:44.36
Other Canadian Results:
12. Ciochetti, Edmonton/Valois, Zenon Park, Sask., 1:45.31
Top-Five Four-Man and Canadian Results:
1. Holcomb/Tomasevicz/Langton/Fogt, USA, 1:38.54; 2. Hefti/Baumann/Egger/Amrhein, SUI, 1:38.63; 3. Rush, Humboldt, Sask./Brown, Calgary/Wright, Edmonton/Bissett, Edmonton, CAN, 1:38.84; 4. Jackson/Benson/Tasker/Fearon, GBR, 1:38.85; 5. Friedrich/Mann/Bermbach/Margis, GER, 1:38.86
Other Canadian Results:
11. Kripps, Summerland, B.C./McNaughton, Newmarket, Ont./Randall, Burlington, Ont./Barnett, Edmonton, 1:39.25; 12. Spring, Calgary/Lumsden, Burlington, Ont.,/Sorensen, Ottawa/Coakwell, Saskatoon, 1:39.31