Canadian bobsleigh racers miss medal at World Cup

bobsleigh_200pxPARK CITY, Utah—Canada’s bobsleigh athletes were snowed out of the medals in men’s four-man and women’s racing in Park City, Utah on Saturday (Dec. 7).

Team Spring, with Burlington, Ontario’s Jesse Lumsden, placed seventh in the Canada 2 sled in men’s four-man action, while Kaillie Humphries also drove the Canada 1 sled to seventh spot in the second of two World Cup women’s events this weekend.

The 29-year-old Chris Spring and his newly-formed crew of Lumsden, Ottawa’s Cody Sorensen and Saskatoon’s Ben Coakwell, clocked a two-run time of 1:35.18.

“It was tough weekend of racing for everyone here at Bobsleigh Canada. To be honest I think in both the two- and four-man we pushed and drove better than the result we ended up with and that is very frustrating,” said Spring. “But that’s snow races ya know! You have to have a little bit of luck on your side and unfortunately that didn’t happen this weekend for us.

“Lots of positives to come from this though and I’m excited for next week in Lake Placid.”

Earlier in the day, Canada’s Kaillie Humphries’ streak of 15 straight podium finishes that has extended over the last three seasons ended on the back end of a double World Cup race weekend for the women in Park City.

Calgary’s Humphries, who won the silver on Friday night with Heather Moyse, struggled in snowy Park City on Saturday where she finished seventh. With Moyse on the sidelines protecting a sore back, the Olympic and two-time World Champion reunited with her brakeman from last year, Chelsea Valois of Zenon Park, Sask., to post a two-run time of 1:39.64.

Humphries’ historic run included 11 victories – two being World Championship titles – two silver and two bronze medals.

The Americans swept the podium on their home track in Utah. Elana Meyers and Aja Evans won the women’s race with a time of 1:38.01. Two other American sleds finished in a tie for second. Jamie Greubel and Lolo Jones finished deadlocked at 1:39.24 with teammates Jazmine Fenlator and Lauryn Williams.

Edmonton’s Jenny Ciochetti drove the Canada 2 sled to 14th place with Emily Baadsvik, of St. Stephen, N.B. on the brakes. The Canucks clocked a two-run time of 1:40.27.

Canada’s bobsleigh and skeleton athletes now head to Lake Placid, N.Y. for the third and final stop on the Viessmann World Cup before the holiday break.