Kaillie Humphries clinches 3rd World Cup bobsleigh title
Calgarian takes overall championship with 2nd place at Konigssee
Olympic champion Kaillie Humphries clinched the women's bobsleigh World Cup title after coming second to Elana Meyers Taylor of the United States in the final race of the season on Friday.
Meyers Taylor and partner Kehri Jones trailed Humphries of Canada by 0.03 seconds after the first run but beat the Canadian and her brakeman Melissa Lotholz by the same margin on aggregate time at the end of the second heat. Germany's Anja Schneiderheinze took third, 0.22 seconds behind the winner.
"To win the overall title is a great feeling especially knowing we were never off the podium all year regardless of our finish position," said the 30-year-old Humphries. "Melissa progressed a lot this year and really stepped it up. We are going in the right direction with what we want to achieve and that is great."
Humphries drove to her 37th career medal on the premiere international bobsleigh circuit, with a two-run time of 1:41.83 on the track nestled in the Bavarian Alps. The Canadians were poised to capture their fifth win of the season after leading after their opening bomb down the 16-corner track, but got edged out of the top spot on the podium by Elana Meyers Taylor and Kehri Jones, who clocked a time of 1:41.80.
"It is a little bittersweet. I'm not happy leading after the first run and then finishing second, but I'm not upset with the result either. This is a starters track and we definitely got out-started today," added Humphries. "It is great that when you finish second you know there is room to improve. The start will be our number one focus this summer and we will work hard to get faster."
Humphries earned the overall title with 1,720 points. Jamie Greubel Poser of the United States finished sixth in the race and took second place in the season standings with 1,628. Christina Hengster of Austria was third at 1,546.
A two-time Olympic bobsleigh gold medallist (2010, 2014), Humphries finished on the podium in all eight World Cup events, a feat she also accomplished nine times in the 2012-13 season when she clinched her first overall title. She also won the title in the 2013-14 season.
Humphries and Lotholz had four wins, two seconds and two third-place finishes in the 2015-16 World Cup races as well as a silver medal at the world championships.
With files from CBC Sports