Kaillie Humphries and Melissa Lotholz Win Bronze


(ISN) – ALTENBERG, Ger.—Kaillie Humphries piloted Canada’s lone women’s bobsleigh to its second-straight bronze medal on the World Cup – this time on Friday in Altenberg, Germany.

Humphries teamed up with rookie brakeman, Melissa Lotholz of Calgary, to clock a third-place time of one minute, 55.73 seconds (1:55.73).

“Overall it was a good day. I really like this track a lot and anything can happen here, and it did today,” said the two-time Olympic gold medallist, Humphries.

Starting the final run down the technically challenging track off the podium, the Canadian duo were able to capitalize on an error by Germany’s Cathleen Martini and jump one spot onto the podium when all was said and done.

“We were in fourth on the first run and lucky to get on the podium today,” said the 28-year-old Humphries. “We have a lot of work to do still on the start. This is Melissa’s first year and is learning a lot. She is only 21 right now so is physically growing. There is no doubt she will get there, and we’ll get faster, but right now it is going to take time.”

The American sled of Elana Meyers Taylor and Cherrelle Garrett won their third straight race with a time of 1:55.38. Elfje Willemsen and Annelies Holthof, of Belarus, grabbed the silver at 1:55.49.

Another Canadian World Cup rookie, Jane Channel, led the red and white women as the skeleton circuit also resumed in Altenberg following the holiday break. Competing in just her second World Cup race, the 26-year-old North Vancouver resident slid to 11th spot at 2:00.91.

“I’m definitely happy with how today went,” said Channel. “Corner four and Kreisel are important here and I had ben struggling with those sections of the track during training. Although it wasn’t perfect, I was able to clean up those key spots, with the help of my start, to have two of the most technically sound and fastest runs this trip.”

Russia’s Marla Orlova won the women’s race with a time of 1:58.65. Elizabeth Yarnold, of Great Britain, was second at 1:58.69, while Russia’s Elena Nikitina locked up the bronze with a time of 1:58.87.

Two other Calgary-based Canucks hit the start line for the women’s skeleton race. Lanette Prediger was 15th at 2:01.25, while two-time World Cup medallist, Elisabeth Vathje, placed 20th at 2:04.72

The World Cup continues on Saturday in Altenberg with men’s skeleton and two-man bobsleigh.