It was a successful season opener of the 2013-14 bobsled season, where Altis athletes Kaillie Humphries and Elana Meyers finished 1-2 in the first Viessmann FIBT Bob & Skeleton World Cup of the season in Calgary, Canada.
Humphries – along with her 2010 Olympic Games-winning partner, brakewoman Heather Moyse – continued her dominance in the sport, finishing on the podium for the 14th consecutive race, while 2012 World Championship silver medallist Meyers – partnered with former track and field athlete Aja Evans – continued their strong performances, and pushed Humphries all the way on her home track.
“We had two awesome pushes today that surpassed my expectations, and it is great to start the season with a win.” – Kaillie Humphries
“This is definitely a confidence booster,” Meyers said. “I haven’t slid here since 2010, so to come out with a medal on this track feels great…Kaillie and I train together, and it’s fun having someone to go back and forth with. We went into this year wanting to push each other, and I think we did that today. It was definitely a battle.”
Humphries – who spent almost three months south of the border in Phoenix at Altis this year with coach Stuart McMillan – couldn’t be happier with the successful start to the Olympic year: “We had two awesome pushes today that surpassed my expectations, and it is great to start the season with a win.”
US athletes Jamie Greubel and Katie Eberling rounded off the podium with a strong third place showing to complete a North American sweep of the medals.
This week sees the Bobsleigh and skeleton tour move to Park City, Utah – where Altis bobsleigh athletes Humphries, Meyers, Lauryn Williams, and Jazmine Fenlator as well as Altis skeleton athlete Katie Uhlaender hope to continue the positive momentum.