Canada’s bobsleigh and skeleton women slid to a silver and bronze medal at a World Cup stop in Konigssee, Germany on Friday.
Olympic champ, Kaillie Humphries of Calgary, teamed up with Emily Baadsvik, of St. Stephen, N.B., to win the silver medal in women’s bobsleigh, while Mellisa Hollingsworth claimed the bronze in skeleton.
Starting well back in 11th on the start list after missing last week’s race in Altenberg, the determined 26-year-old Humphries and rookie brakeman Baadsvik, 28, overcame all odds to capture the silver medal after clocking a two-run time of 1:44.10 on the 1,250-metre track.
“It felt good today. Training went well all week and I like this track a lot so was happy to be back and get on the podium,” said Humphries, who was third in Konigssee at the 2011 World Championships. “I like the way it feels and the feeling I get in my hands. I think I’ve figured out how to drive here and it just seems to work for me.”
The second podium finish for the Canadian duo this year comes one week after the Canadian Bobsleigh Team pulled out of the Altenberg World Cup after a serious crash by Team Spring in the final day of four-man training.
“We were definitely motivated and happy to be racing again after an emotional week, and just wanted to be strong for the boys on Team Spring,” said Humphries, who also won a gold medal in La Plagne, France with Baadsvik prior to the holiday break. “I think we proved Canada can be down and out one week, but bounce back and be on top the next, and that is something we should be proud of as a whole team.”
Cathleen Martini and Berit Wiacker clocked a golden time in the Germany 1 sled at 1:43.56. Switzerland’s Fabienne Meyer and Hanne Scheak grabbed the bronze medal with a time of 1:44.10.
The Canadian track to the podium started earlier in the day when Mellisa Hollingsworth captured the bronze after clocking a two-run time of 1:47.19.
“It was okay today, but I didn’t slide very well. You always have to be happy with a podium, but I’m disappointed because I know I can slide better,” said Hollingsworth, who made a similar mistake coming out of the challenging Kreisel corner on both runs. “Being competitive, I think that is the itch we have inside of us is that we are perfectionists, but it is great to be on the podium for sure.”
It was the 30th medal in the 31-year-old Hollingsworth’s 17-year career, who also won a bronze on the Konigssee track at last year’s World Championships.
“I think that is really neat,” said the two-time Olympian who also has two World Championship medals to go along with a bronze at the 2006 Olympics. “We don’t get multiple opportunities to win medals at each World Cup stop in our sport so I think this is a pretty cool achievement.”
Shelley Rudman, of Great Britain, won the gold on Friday with a time of 1:46.15. Germany’s Marion Thees grabbed ahold of the overall World Cup lead from Hollingsworth after winning the silver in Konigssee with a two-run time of 1:46.65.
Two other Canadian women also hit the start line. Amy Gough, of Abbotsford, B.C., was11th (1:48.74), while Calgary’s Sarah Reid finished 17th (1:49.44).