Kaillie Humphries took her place in history at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games when she and brakeman Heather Moyse became the first Canadian women to win bobsled gold.
The duo broke the start record twice and the Whistler Sliding Centre track record three times en route to defeating countrywomen Helen Upperton and Shelley-Ann Brown. Humphries was somewhat of an inexperienced pilot when she stood atop the Olympic podium, having only been driving since the 2006-07 season.
She spent her first four years in the sport as a brakeman, which included a trip to the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin, Italy, although she did not compete. In 2007-08 she jumped to the World Cup circuit, winning her first World Cup medal as a pilot in December 2007, and finishing fifth at the 2008 world championship.
It was during the 2009-10 season, leading up to the Winter Games, that Humphries truly established herself as a top contender for Olympic gold. She set six start records and two track records while earning four World Cup medals to finish second in the overall standings. Humphries produced another historic first in 2012 when she and brakeman Jenny Ciochetti became the first Canadian female bobsledders to win world championship gold.
That victory was part of an incredible string of success. She had won the last two World Cup races of 2011-12 leading up to the world championship. Then, with rookie brakeman Chelsea Valois, she won the first five World Cup races of 2012-13 that brought her international win total to an unprecedented eight straight victories.
With Valois, Humphries won her second straight world championship gold in 2013, ensuring that she will enter Sochi 2014 as the gold-medal favourite.