Calgary’s Kaillie Humphries proved to the world on Friday at Canada Olympic Park that she can flat out win, no matter who her breakwoman is.
At Canada Olympic Park today, Humphries along with Edmonton’s Jennifer Ciochetti (featured in the Olympic issue of Prospect Magazine) posted a time of 1:53.28 to win the Gold medal in a Women’s World Cup Bobsled competition in Calgary. The German pair of Anja Schneiderheinze and Lisette Thoene finished second and another German team of Sandra Kiriasis and Petra Lammert finished third.
According to The Canadian Press, Ciochetti was chosen over Emily Baadsvik of St. Stephen, New Brunswick because Bobsled Canada coaches felt Ciochetti’s pushing abilities worked better with Humpries.Baadsvik had won twice this season as Humphries’ breakwoman in France in December and in Whistler last week.
Humphries, the Olympic Gold medallist at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, won her Olympic Gold with breakwoman Heather Moyse of Summerside, Prince Edward Island. However due to rugby injuries, Moyse has taken the year off from bobsledding and focused more on cycling.
Now the big question surrounding the Canadian women’s bobsled team is who will be the breakwoman for Humphries at the Women’s World Bobsled Championships later this month in Lake Placid, New York. Time will tell.
In men’s skeleton, Martins Dukurs of Latvia won Gold, followed by Alexander Tretiakov of Russia and Frank Rommel of Germany.