Humphries and George win silver in women’s World Cup bobsled in Germany

 

Kaillie Humphries (Wikimedia Commons)

Kaillie Humphries of Calgary, Alberta and Phylicia George of Scarborough, Ontario won the silver medal in women’s bobsled at a World Cup in Konigssee, Germany on Saturday. It was one of two medals Canada earned in World Cup bobsled action as Justin Kripps of Summerland, British Columbia and Alexander Kopacz of London, Ontario earned a bronze in two-man competition.

In the women’s bobsled, Humphries and George posted a time of 1:41.64. Stephanie Schneider and Annika Drazek of Germany won the gold medal with a time of 1:41.35. Elana Meyers Taylor and Lauren Gibbs of the United States won the bronze medal with a time of 1:41.67.

Humphries and George earned a podium spot by 0.12 seconds. Mariama Jamanka and Lisa Buckwitz finished in fourth place with a time of 1:41.76.

With the silver medal, Humphries won the 2017-18 World Cup Crystal Globe for women’s bobsled. She finished with 1631 points, which was 40 more points than Meyers Taylor. It is Humphries’s career Crystal Globe as she also won in 2013, 2014 and 2016. Humphries finished second behind Jamie Greubel Poser of the United States in 2017.

In men’s bobsled, Kripps and Kopacz posted a time of 1:39.41. Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis of Germany won the gold medal with a time of 1:38.97. Johannes Lochner and Christopher Weber of Germany won the silver medal with a time of 1:39.37.

Kripps and Kopacz earned a podium spot by two tenths of a second. Nico Walther and Kevin Kuske finished in fourth place with a time of 1:39.61.

Like Humphries, Kripps won the 2017-18 World Cup Crystal Globe. However it is the first career Crystal Globe for Kripps. At 1631 points, Kripps beat out Friedrich by 127 points. Humphries and Kripps seem to have momentum as bobsled drivers heading into the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. 

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