Canadian Trail: Humphries, Moyse defend Olympic bobsled gold
1st women bobsledders to repeat as Olympic champions
Day 12 was a golden day for Canada in Sochi.
Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse made history at the Sanki Sliding Center on Wednesday by becoming the first women bobsledders to defend their Olympic title.
They also won gold in Vancouver four years ago.
Calgary’s Humphries and her brakeman Moyse, of Summerside, P.E.I., finished with a combined time of 3:50.61, one-tenth of a second ahead of Americans Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams ( 3:50.71). The other American duo of Jamie Greubel and Aja Evans, a full second slower, rounded out the podium with a 3:51.61 finish for bronze.
Edmonton’s Jenny Ciochetti and Chelsea Valois, of Zenon Park, Sask., were 13th.
Humphries’s flawless performance and exceptional driving in each of the four runs was the key to victory.
The Canadians were down by 0.11 seconds heading into the final run, but another impressive showing by Humphries on board Canada-1 put the pressure on the Americans, who ended up faltering under the pressure.
Meyers and Williams made several costly mistakes in their last run and the rest – as you already know – is Olympic history.
The win puts Humphries and Moyse in a very select group. They now join Alex Bilodeau and Catriona Le May Doan as the only Canadians to defend gold at the Winter Olympic Games.
Fighting for curling supremacy
Earlier on the day, Jennifer Jones continued to cruise past opponents at the Ice Cube Curling Center.
The Canadian skip and her Winnipeg rink of lead Dawn McEwen, second Jill Officer and third Kaitlyn Lawes earned their 10th straight victory with a 6-4 win over Eve Muirhead of Great Britain.
Jones will try to bring home the gold medal on Thursday when Canada meets Sweden in the final.
But the women are not the only ones aiming for curling gold.
On the men’s side, Brad Jacobs and his Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., rink will also play for the Olympic title.
Jacobs, along with Ryan Fry, E.J. Harnden and Ryan Harnden beat China’s Rui Liu 10-6 in the semis and booked his ticket to the final on Friday against Great Britain.
Closer than expected
It wasn’t the way they expected it to be, but it was a win after all for the men’s hockey team.
A third-period goal by Shea Weber of Salmon Arm, B.C. gave Team Canada a close 2-1 win over Latvia in the quarter-finals. Despite outshooting their opponent 57-16, Mike Babcock’s team had trouble finding the end of the Latvian net.
Canada hopes to have more luck Friday in the semifinal against tough rival Team USA in what will be a rematch of the gold medal final in Vancouver four years ago.
Elsewhere along the Trail:
- Kaetlyn Osmond of Marystown, N.L, had a score of 56.18 and finished in the 13th spot in the women’s figure skating short program, while 16-year-old Gabrielle Daleman of Toronto was 19th. Both skaters will compete in the free skate finale on Thursday.
- Canada's mixed biathlon team struggled in the Olympic debut of the event, crossing the finish line in 12th place.
- Ottawa’s Ivanie Blondin was 14th in the women's 5,000-metre speed skating event.
- Toronto’s Trevor Philp, Philip Brown and Morgan Pridy of Vancouver were 25th, 29th and 33rd respectively in the men’s giant slalom.