Humphries continues World Cup bobsled streak
Chelsea Valois from Canada talks to teammate Kaillie Humphries after placing third at the Women's double bobsleigh World Cup in Altenberg, Germany, on Friday Jan. 4, 2013 . (AP Photo/dpa/Thomas Eisenhuth)
The Canadian Press
Published Friday, January 4, 2013 2:40PM EST
Last Updated Friday, January 4, 2013 2:41PM EST
ALTENBERG, Germany -- One streak has ended but another continues for Calgary's Kaillie Humphries.
Humphries and rookie brakeman Chelsea Valois of Zenon Park, Sask., finished third in a World Cup bobsled event Friday. That ended Humphries' win streak at eight straight races but it marked the ninth straight event she had captured a medal in.
"The streak is over, but I knew it would come to an end at some point," said the 27-year-old Humphries, whose first of nine career World Cup victories came here in 2009. "We had a good day today.
"I made a small mistake on my second run. This shows that even though you have a good day sometimes others are going to be better than you."
German teams grabbed the top two positions.
Cathleen Martini and Stephanie Schneider finished first with a time of one minute 56.95 seconds while compatriots Sandra Kiriasis and Franziska Bertels were second in 1:57.25. The Canadians were next in 1:57.27 as Humphries earned a 17th career World Cup medal as a pilot.
"Overall it was a good day and I'm happy with how our pushes were," said Humphries. "There was a crash before us and that was another new experience for Chelsea to respond to.
"She did great again today."
There was also a World Cup women's skeleton event on the track, with rookie Cassie Hawrysh of Brandon, Man., the top Canadian in eighth with a time of 2:03:37.
Sliding in heavy rain, Calgary's Sarah Reid and Mellisa Hollingsworth of Eckville, Alta., both struggled with the wet conditions. Reid was 18th in 2:04.76 while Hollingsworth finished 19th in 2:04.86.