Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse Smash Star Records En Route to Finishing Fifth at World Cup in German

WINTERBERG, Ger.Canada’s Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse joined forces to drive the Canada 2 women’s bobsleigh into fifth spot at a World Cup race in Winterberg, Germany on Saturday.


The Canadian duo, who teamed up to win a bronze medal three weeks ago in Lake Placid, N.Y., led the way for three Canadian women’s sleds after clocking a two-run time of one minute 57.37 seconds down the 1,325-metre relatively flat Winterberg track.


“It was frustrating a bit today because I had a really good first run, but drove a little bit too much on the second run at the bottom and that cost me,” said the 24-year-old Humphries. “I got back into my old habits and was thinking smooth rather than fast. Sometimes you need to take risks, but need to let the sled run more to be fast and that is something I’m still learning to do.”


Calgary’s Humphries and Moyse, of Summerside, P.E.I., have had early success together since uniting for the World Cup race last season at the Whistler Sliding Centre where they won the silver medal. The two powerhouses at the start shattered the Winterberg start record in both heats at 5.57 and then 5.54.


“Heather and I have been smashing start records all over the place and that has been awesome, but now I need to continue working on my driving,” said Humphries, who was ninth in the same race last season. “We are going to keep pushing the lights out, and I’ll keep learning and doing what I need to do to be ready in February. Fifth is a huge improvement from last year, so I’ll take it and move on.”


Helen Upperton, of Calgary, and Edmonton’s Jenny Ciochetti, also drove into the top-10, placing the Canada 1 sled in seventh spot with a time of 1:57.70.


While Upperton continues to work on getting back onto the international podium, World Cup rookie pilot – Amanda Stepenko – continues to inch her way closer into the elusive top-10 against the world’s best bobsleigh drivers. Calgary’s Stepenko, and Amanda Moreley, of Surrey, B.C., teamed up to finish in 12th spot at 1:58.48.


Germany’s Cathleen Martini and Romy Logsch won the women’s race after crossing the finish line with a two-run time of 1:56.65 in Germany 3. Sandra Kiriasis and Janine Tischer clocked a silver-medal time of 1:57.26 in Germany 1, while Erin Pac and Elana Meyers drove the USA 2 sled to third spot at 1:57.27.


Meanwhile the Canadian men struggled to find a bright spot in the two-man race on a gloomy winter day in Germany.


Battling the flu that has hit six members of the team this week, Lyndon Rush, of Humboldt, Sask., drove the Canada 2 sled to 11th spot with Calgary’s Lascelles Brown on the brakes. Rush clocked-in at 1:53.89.


With CFL star Jesse Lumsden hit with the flu which set back his World Cup two-man debut, Neville Wright hit the start line to push four-time Olympian and fellow Edmontonian, Pierre Lueders in the Canada 1 sled. However, the 39-year-old Lueders pulled his groin in the opening run, preventing them from having any power on the push in the second heat, which resulted in a 19th-place finish with a time of 1:54.70.


Beat Hefti and Thomas Lamparter clocked a golden time of 1:53.17 in the Switzerland 2 sled. Gregor Bermbach and Karl Angerer teamed up to win the silver in Germany 3 with a time of 1:53.24, while Ivo Rueegg and Roman Handschin were third in Switzerland 1 at 1:53.28.


The World Cup wraps up in Winterberg on Sunday with the men’s four-man race.


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Top-Five Women’s Bobsleigh Results: Complete results at www.fibt.com

1. Cathleen Martini/Romy Logsch, GER 2, 1:56.65; 2. Sandra Kiriasis/Janine Tischer, GER 1, 1:57.26; 3. Erin Pac/Elana Meyers, USA 2, 1:57.27; 4. Shauna Rohbock/Michelle Rzepka, USA 1, 1:57.30; 5. Kaillie Humphries, Calgary/Heather Moyse, Summerside, P.E.I., CAN 2, 1:57.37.

Other Canadian Results:

7. Helen Upperton, Calgary/Jenny Ciochetti, Edmonton, CAN 1, 1:57.70; 12. Amanda Stepenko, Calgary/Amanda Moreley, Surrey, B.C., CAN 3, 1:58.48.


Top-Five Men’s Two-Man Bobsleigh Results:

1. Beat Hefti/Thomas Lamparter, SUI 2, 1:53.17; 2. Gregor Bermbach/Karl Angerer, GER 3, 1:53.24; 3. Ivo Rueegg/Roman Handschin, SUI 1, 1:53.28; 4. Daniel Schmid/Juerg Egger, SUI, 3, 1:53.32; 5. Thomas Florschuetz/Andreas Bredau, GER 2, 1:53.43.

Canadian Results:

11. Lyndon Rush, Humboldt, Sask./Lascelles Brown, Calgary, CAN 2, 1:53.89; 19. Pierre Lueders/Neville Wright, Edmonton, CAN 1, 1:54.70.