Canada’s top bobsleigh teams fifth at World Cup in Germany

bobsleigh_200pxCanada’s top sleds in men’s four-man and women’s bobsleigh settled for fifth spot at the World Cup in Winterberg, Germany on Sunday (Jan. 5).

Chris Spring and his four-man crew edged closer to the podium after clocking the fifth-fastest time at 1:50.83, while Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse matched the performance in women’s bobsleigh after posting a time of 1:55.63.

Calgary’s Spring and his team of Jesse Lumsden, of Burlington, Ont., Ottawa’s Cody Sorensen, and Saskatoon’s Ben Coakwell continue to lead the Canadian squad and edge closer to their first four-man World Cup medal as a newly-formed crew this year.

German crews swept the men’s podium.

Canada’s Lyndon Rush (Humboldt, Sask.), Calgary’s Lascelles Brown and Edmonton’s Dave Bissett and Neville Wright, slid to ninth spot at 1:51.17.

Justin Kripps, of Summerland, B.C., and his team of James McNaughton, of Newmarket, Ont., Toronto’s Tim Randall and Edmonton’s Bryan Barnett matched dropped out of the top-10 in 11th at 1:51.22.

Kaillie Humphries finished off the podium for just the second time in the last 17 World Cup races while piloting the top Canadian sled. Humphries and Moyse posted the fastest start times in both runs to place fifth with a combined time of 1:55.63.

Germany’s Sandra Kiriasis and Franziska Fritz captured their first title of the season with a time of 1:55.41.