According to the International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation on Friday, Canadian Olympic gold medalist Kaillie Humphries of Calgary, Alberta, and her brakewoman Melissa Lotholz of Barrhead, Alberta, won the gold medal at a World Cup women’s bobsled competition in Altenberg, Germany. Humphries has now won 14 gold medals at World Cup events and this was her first gold medal with Lotholz as her brakewoman.
Humphries and Lotholz posted an overall two-run time of 1:53.67. Elfje Willemsen and Sophie Vercruyssen of Belgium won the silver medal with an overall two-run time of 1:54.41. Jamie Greubel Poser and Lauren Gibbs of the United States won the bronze medal with an overall two-run time of 1:54.72. The American team shared the bronze medal podium with Christina Hengster and Sanne Monique Dekker of Austria, who also had a third place time of 1:54.72.
Humphries, who won the gold medal in the women’s bobsled with Heather Moyse of Summerside, Prince Edward Island at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, has a lot on her mind at the moment. That is because she is trying to compete in the World Cup four man bobsled this season. Humphries has met the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation criteria to compete, but not Bobsleigh Canada’s criteria.