Canada's Upperton earns 2nd bobsleigh gold
Calgary's Helen Upperton captured her second women's World Cup bobsleigh race after winning the two-man competition Friday in Igls, Austria.
Upperton and brakewoman Heather Moyse of Summerside, P.E.I., powered their sled to a two-run combined time of one minute 49.07 seconds.
"I was pretty good in training all week and I thought I would be in the mix today," Upperton said. "Igls is always a close race because it is a short track which makes the start so important."
Americans Shauna Rohbock and Valerie Fleming earned the silver medal in 1:49.21, while defending world champion Sandra Kiriasis and partner Romy Logsch of Germany settled for third with a time of 1:49.23.
The victory marks the return to the Canada 1 sled for Moyse, who has struggled with a shoulder injury the past year.
"Coming back with a gold medal is definitely a mental relief for me," said Moyse. "To know we were strong at the starts, with the second- and third-fastest times, and to see that Helen and I still have chemistry together was very important for me today because it has been such a frustrating injury."
Upperton opened the season in Winterberg, Germany, by upsetting Kiriasis to win gold on Nov. 29. One week later in Altenberg, Germany, Upperton barely missed a podium result, finishing just behind German Kathleen Marini.
The Canadian still leads the overall World Cup standings with 642 points, seven ahead of Kiriasis.
Calgary's Kalillie Humphries and Shelly-Ann Brown of Pickering, Ont., raced to seventh in 1:49.80.
With files from the Canadian Press