Kaillie Humphries, Heather Moyse win bobsled gold
Canadians repeat as Olympic champions
Canadians Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse made history on Wednesday, becoming the first women bobsledders to repeat as Olympic champions.
Humphries and Moyse posted a clean final run for a combined time of three minutes, 50.61 seconds.
The American sleds finished with a silver and bronze, respectively.
Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams finished second with a time of 3:50.71, while compatriots Jamie Greubel and Aja Evans took third in 3:51.61.
Calgary pilot Humphries and brakeman Moyse, of Summerside, P.E.I., who won gold at the 2010 Vancouver, are the first women to repeat as Olympic bobsleigh champions.
"How do you describe achieving a dream?" asked Humphries. "This is a four-year goal of ours. This has been something that we've done together."
"When you have to rely on someone else or wait and see, it makes it hard."
Edmonton’s Jenny Ciochetti and Chelsea Valois, of Zenon Park, Sask., finished 13th at 3:54.49.
Canadian Olympic legends
The gold-medal victory puts Humphries and Moyse among the legends of Canadian Olympians, joining such greats as Clara Hughes, Cindy Klassen, Alex Bilodeau, Catriona Le May Doan and Gaétan Boucher.
"Winning gold is amazing, but walking away satisfied is better. After the third run I knew that if we did the business we could be on top," said Humphries.
Humphries, 28, was simply brilliant with her driving throughout the four runs. But the Canadians were uncharacteristically off with their starts, allowing Meyers and Williams to grab a 0.11-second lead heading into the final run.
Still, Humphries and Moyse had cut into the margin by U.S., which had a 0.23-second advantage after two runs.
"After the third run I said to Kaillie, 'You know what, the gap is closing'.
"We've learned what each other need and we've got good chemistry on and off the track."
Humphries nearly flawless
Even with a slower start, Humphries tore up the track once again, make only a slight error by clipping a wall on one of the straightaways.
The Canadians' time of 57.92 seconds clearly put too much pressure on Meyers. After the Americans started 0.04 second faster than Humphries and Moyse, Meyers made several mistakes in her run as she lost significant time down the track.
Prior to rejoining Humphries at the start of this season, Moyse, 35, suffered various injuries that forced her to miss two years on the World Cup circuit.
Her absence didn’t affect Humphries.
The Calgary native dominated the last two seasons heading into the Olympic year. Humphries won back-to-back world titles and an unprecedented eight straight international races with three different brakemen.
(With files from Reuters and The Associated Press)