Humphries speeds to gold for Canada

Thu Feb 25, 2010 12:55am EST
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By Martyn Herman

WHISTLER (Reuters) - Canadians hogged the fast lane at Whistler's Sliding Center on Wednesday as Kaillie Humphries roared to gold and Helen Upperton surged to silver in the women's Olympic bobsleigh.

Humphries and brakewoman Heather Moyse ripped up the track records during the two-day competition, the red maple leaf emblazoned on their gleaming white sled mostly a blur as they left their rivals scrapping for silver.

Such was their mastery of a menacing home track that produced more high-speed spills on Wednesday that they led from start to finish and won by 0.85 seconds -- their fourth run merely a third-gear cruise to victory.

To put their winning margin into context it was similar to sprint king Usain Bolt slowing down and strolling over the winning line on his way to 100m gold at the Beijing Olympics.

"I didn't even know the margin until just now," Humphries told reporters after hundreds of red and white clad Canadian fans toasted their new Crazy Canucks at the finish area.


"All week I just tried to drive the track like I know how to drive it. I knew if Heather pushed like she's pushed all season and if I could drive like I know we would be in the medals.

"I'm just so excited that we came here and put down the runs that we knew we were capable of."   Continued...

<p>Gold medalists Kaillie Humphries (R) and Heather Moyse (C) of Canada celebrate as teammate Helen Upperton (L) looks on after the final of women's bobsleigh at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, February 24, 2010. REUTERS/Tony Gentile</p>