SOCHI, Russia – Pilot Kaillie Humphries of Calgary and brakeman Heather Moyse of Summerside will need to come from behind to repeat as Olympic gold-medallists.
Summerside's Heather Moyse begins her quest for Olympic gold on Tuesday.
Humphries and Moyse, in the Canada 1 sled, are 0.23 seconds behind the first-place United States 1 sled of pilot Elana Meyers and brakeman Lauryn Williams after the first two heats of the two-woman bobsleigh competition on Tuesday. The U.S. 1 sled has a combined time of 1:54.89 in the two heats, and Canada 1 is 1:55.12.
“It is not over yet,” said Moyse following Tuesday’s action. “Anything can happen at the Olympic Games.”
Humphries and Moyse set a course record of 57.39 in the first heat over the 1,814-metre-long course at the Sanki Sliding Center, and had a 57.73 time in the second heat. Canada 1 had an identical 5.17 start time on Moyse’s pushes in both heats, which were one-hundredth of a second off the start record.
Meyers and Williams, despite not appearing to have as smooth of a ride as Humphries and Moyse, set a new track record of 57.26 in the first heat immediately following the Canada 1 sled. The U.S. 1 sled, which established a new start record of 5.12 seconds, had a time of 57.63 seconds in the second heat. The previous start record was 5.16 seconds.
"It is not over yet. Anything can happen at the Olympic Games.” Canada 1 sled brakeman Heather Moyse
The finals are scheduled for Wednesday.
“We don’t know how far back we are, and it doesn’t matter,” said Moyse. “That is out of control, and we can only control ourselves, our preparation and sled.”
Moyse is looking for the team to have better starts on Day 2.
“We need to have faster pushes tomorrow (Wednesday), and we will keep fighting.”
The American sled of Jamie Greubel and Aja Evans is in third place. They are 0.56 seconds off the leaders and 0.33 seconds behind Humphries and Moyse, who won three World Cup races this season and went into the Olympics as the gold-medal favourites.