Humphries and Moyse win gold again

Wed Feb 19, 2014 3:08pm EST
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By Justin Palmer

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - Canada's Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse found the speed when it mattered most to win a second successive Olympic women's bobsleigh gold after pipping the USA-1 sled of Elana Meyers by a tenth of a second on Wednesday.

Meyers and her brakeman Lauryn Williams - who had been seeking to become the first woman to win gold in the Summer and Winter Olympics - held a lead of 0.11 over the Canadians after three runs.

But after Humphries had ratcheted up the pressure with a quick final slide, Meyers could not find the smooth lines she wanted and a succession of bumps slowed her to finish 0.10 down.

Americans Jamie Greubel and Aja Evans won bronze.

"Winning gold is amazing, but walking away satisfied is better. After the third run I knew that if we did the business we could be on top," said Humphries.

"When you have to rely on someone else or wait and see, it makes it hard."

The 35-year-old Moyse, who has also represented her country at rugby and track cycling but spent time away from bobsleigh after their Vancouver triumph following a succession of injuries, added: "After the third run I said to Kaillie, 'You know what, the gap is closing'.

"We've learned what each other need and we've got good chemistry on and off the track."   Continued...

Canada's pilot Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse (R) celebrate with a national flag during the flower ceremony for the women's bobsleigh event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics February 19, 2014. Canada 1 finished first ahead of United States 1 and United States 2. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann