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Pilot Kaillie Humphries, right, Heather Moyse of Canada blast out of the gate Friday. ((Frank Gunn/Canadian Press))

Canada's Kaillie Humphries and Pierre Lueders reached the medal podium Friday at the bobseligh World Cup in Whistler, B.C.

Humphries, from Calgary, and partner Heather Moyse, of Summerside, P.E.I., finished second in the women's two-person event with a combined time of one minute, 47.28 seconds.

Humphries and Moyse were in the lead before Shauna Rohbock and Elana Meyers of the United States put down a time of 53.53 seconds in the second run to win with a time of 1:47.10.

Humphries and Moyse were the fastest off the start line in the first heat but lost time bouncing through the middle part of the 16-turn course.

"I have a couple of spots I need to improve on," said Humphries, who cracked the top four at a World Cup event for the first time.

Americans Erin Pac and Michelle Rzepka were third in 1:47.40, edging out Helen Upperton of Calgary and Jennifer Ciochetti of Edmonton, who finished fourth in 1:47.47.

Defending World and Olympic champion Sandra Kiriasis of Germany was fifth in 1:47.54.

"We kicked the Europeans out of there. It's awesome," said Rohbock.

"I was super slow all week (in training). This track is so technical, it's hard to be fast here. I just wanted to be consistent. We had some great pushes and came out with the win. It's exciting."

Rohbock earned her fourth medal (two gold, one silver and one bronze) on the World Cup circuit this season with the victory.

Lueders finishes 3rd in men's event

Lueders, from Edmonton, and brakeman David Bissett of Lethbridge, Alta., raced to a third-place finish in the two-man race with a time of 1:44.14.

Lueders said they ran into trouble navigating a turn high up in the 1,450-metre course and never recovered.

"It's not something I'm going to jump off a cliff over," said Lueders. "It's just a technical thing that I need to come to grips with, and once we do that I think we'll be OK."

Thomas Florschutz of Germany won in 1:43.95 to claim his third gold medal of the World Cup season, while Switzerland's Beat Hefti was second in 1:44.03.

Lyndon Rush of Humboldt, Sask., and brakeman Lascelles Brown were fourth in 1:44.22.

"It was awesome," said Rush. "It was the best result we've ever had. I could get used to it."

Reigning World Cup champion Andre Lange of Germany ended up fifth (1:44.23).

Friday's races took place at the Whistler Sliding Centre, the site of the sled events for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

With files from Canadian Press