Humphries, Moyse win second gold medal of World Cup season

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LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse of Summerside 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 on Saturday. 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 in a Bobsleigh Canada media release. “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.

“It was nice to have Heather back in the sled today. 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.” Kaillie Humphries

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.

Geographic location: Lake Placid, Park City, Edmonton Zenon Park Sask.

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