Altis Athlete Kaillie Humphries captured her second straight overall World Cup title with a bronze medal in the final race of the season in Konigssee, Germany on Sunday.
28-year-old Humphries, along with Heather Moyse, racked up their fifth podium of the season after clocking a combined time of 1:44.29. One of the most explosive teams out of the start, the pair set a new women’s start record in Konigssee at 5.17 in both runs.
“I knew it would take solid drives throughout the entire season, and I definitely couldn’t have done it without my teammates, coaches and a great staff” – Heather Moyse
“Of course those records matter. There are steps to every race and I thrive on setting start records and do my job to help put Kaillie in a better position going down the track,” said Moyse earlier this year after setting a start record in Calgary as well. “Nobody puts more pressure on us to win than we do ourselves.”
The reigning Olympic champions captured three World Cup victories, one silver and one bronze medal this year for a total of 1629 points. The Canadians edged out fellow Altis athlete, Elana Meyers, of the United States, for the overall title by one point – Meyers had 1628 points.
“That was an unexpected finish to the season,” Meyers said. “I knew it would take solid drives throughout the entire season, and I definitely couldn’t have done it without my teammates, coaches and a great staff. All three pilots finished the season ranked in the top ten, and that’s really incredible for Team USA.”
In the men’s race, the American crew of Steven Holcomb, Curt Tomasevicz, Steve Langton and Chris Fogt ended the season the way they started it by climbing to the top of the podium to secure gold. The crew led the four-man bobsled World Cup race to conclude the regular season with a victory in a time of 1:38.54 edging out Switzerland who won silver.
“The momentum we’re building heading into the Olympics is incredible,” Holcomb said. “My team has worked so hard and sled technician Jim Garde has been working day in and out making sure the sled does exactly what I need it to. We came out today and put it all together, and it feels great to end the season on this note.”
The next stop is Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.