Humphries and Hoffman win women’s bobsled trials with North American Cup gold; Team USA claims four North American Cup medals on day three

Nov. 20, 2019, 10:54 p.m. (ET)

 

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Humphries and Hoffman win women’s bobsled trials with North American Cup gold;

Team USA claims four North American Cup medals on day three

 

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (Nov. 20, 2019)– Kaillie Humphries (Carlsbad, Calif.) teamed with Sylvia Hoffman (Arlington, Texas) to win today’s women’s bobsled North American Cup by over half a second, and to take the lead in USA Bobsled Team Trials. Brittany Reinbolt (Searcy, Ark.) and Lauren Gibbs (Los Angeles, Calif.), who already have national team spots from their USA Bobsled National Championship win in March 2019, claimed bronze for Team USA today. Hunter Church (Cadyville, N.Y.), Dakota Lynch (Boise, Idaho), Blaine McConnell (Tacoma, Wash.) and Adrian Adams (Reidsville, N.C.) added another medal performance to their trials after finishing as the top American sled in third in the four-man bobsled North American Cup race. Skeleton was back on ice today for their first North American Cup races of the season, and Katie Uhlaender (Breckenridge, Colo.) captured gold for Team USA in the women’s race.

The last time Humphries competed was at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, where she raced to the women’s bobsled bronze medal for Team Canada. The two-time Olympic champion from Calgary, Canada took last season off, and was back in a sled for the first time two weeks ago in Lake Placid for the start of USA Bobsled Team Trials training.

“It feels good to be back in a sled,” Humphries said. “There have been a lot of new things; a change in sleds, different setups, and a new team environment. They’ve all been good changes, but it’s been an adjustment.”

Although Humphries and Gibbs finished as the top U.S. sled yesterday, they were second to the Canadians. After a strong start time of 5.53 seconds in the opening heat, Humphries kicked the steering while loading into the sled and the sled hit the wall before corner one as a result.

“I’m happy with our starts yesterday, but I made some critical driving errors,” Humphries said. “You lose everything from the start when that happens. Today was much better, and it’s definitely good to have another day to work through those kinks. It’s going to be a process. It’s nice to be back, and I’m looking forward to the World Cup.”

Humphries paired with Hoffman today for the fastest start times of the competition, 5.52 and 5.58 seconds, and the quickest downtimes of 56.82 and 57.37 seconds, respectively. Humphries and Hoffman finished a distant 0.54 seconds from the field to claim gold with a combined time of 1:54.19.

Canadians Christine de Bruin and Bianca Ribi finished second with a total time of 1:54.73.

Reinbolt teamed with Gibbs today for the bronze medal with a two-run total of 1:54.87. Kristi Koplin (Park City, Utah) and Jasmine Jones (Pittsburgh, Pa.) were fourth with a combined time of 1:54.99.

Church, Lynch, McConnell and Adams claimed today’s four-man bobsled North American Cup bronze medal in 1:50.25. The crew powered the sled off the block in 5.19 and 5.20 seconds for runs of 54.99 and 55.26 seconds, respectively.

Geoff Gadbois (Milton, Vt.), Chris Avery (San Diego, Calif.), Kris Horn (Pembroke, Mass.) and Michael Fogt (Alpine, Utah) finished 10th today with a two-run combined time of 1:51.36.

Codie Bascue (Whitehall, N.Y.), who has a national team spot secured from his USA Bobsled National Championship win in March, did not race today due to a hamstring injury sustained in yesterday’s two-man competition.

Uhlaender was victorious in a women’s skeleton field of 25 competitors. The three-time Olympian secured gold in 1:50.81 to finish an impressive 0.62 seconds ahead of Anna Fernstaedtova from the Czech Republic. Uhlaender clocked start times of 5.40 and 5.41 seconds for runs of 55.04 and 51.33 seconds, respectively. Jaclyn Narracott from Australia was third in 1:51.68.

"The team has a great vibe," Uhlaender said. "I love the up and coming women, racing with old friends, and blessed to be back on the ice. Also Lauri (Bausch) has been going above and beyond for all the athletes. The track crew as well has been working around the clock to make sure the ice has been perfect for racing."

Mystique Ro (Nokesville, Va.) made a strong impression today with the fastest start time of 5.22 seconds in both heats. The up-and-coming competitor finished fifth with a two-run total of 1:51.95.

Michelle Toukan (Central City, Neb.) and Lauren McDonald (Fairfield, N.J.), two of the program’s emerging athletes, had strong finishes of eighth and 10th today.

Daniel Barefoot (Johnstown, Pa.) led the U.S. in the men’s skeleton competition with a seventh place finish after crossing the finish line in 1:50.54. Chris Strup (Defiance, Ohio) was close behind in ninth with a total time of 1:50.75. Strup also posted the fastest start time of 4.77 seconds in the first heat.

Zack Goodwin (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) and Kyler Sultemeier (Fredericksburg, Texas) finished 11th and 17th, respectively, with combined times of 1:51.57 and 1:53.18.

Wenqiang Geng from China was today’s winner with a two-run total of 1:48.07. Nathan Crumpton of American Samoa was second in 1:48.54, followed by Martin Rosenberger from Germany in third with a time of 1:48.98.

The Lake Placid North American Cup will conclude tomorrow with the second set of skeleton races and the final four-man bobsled competition. The USA Bobsled National Team for the 2019-2020 season will be named tomorrow at 9 p.m. EST.

Please contact Director of Marketing and Communications Amanda Bird with media inquiries at amanda.bird@usabs.com.

 

Results

 

Men’s four-man bobsled

1. Justin Kripps, Ryan Sommer, Benjamin Coakwell and Cameron Stones (CAN) 1:49.49 (54.54, 54.95);
2. Benjamin Maier, Marco Rangl, Danut Ion Moldovan and Sascha Stepan (AUT) 1:50.16 (54.87, 55.29);
3. Hunter Church, Dakota Lynch, Blaine McConnell and Adrian Adams (USA) 1:50.25 (54.99, 55.26);
10. Geoff Gadbois, Chris Avery, Kris Horn and Michael Fogt (USA) 1:51.36 (55.54, 55.82);

 

Women’s bobsled

1. Kaillie Humphries and Sylvia Hoffman (USA) 1:54.19 (56.82, 57.37);
2. Christine de Bruin and Bianca Ribi (CAN) 1:54.73 (57.23, 57.50);
3. Brittany Reinbolt and Lauren Gibbs (USA) 1:54.87 (57.20, 57.67);
4. Kristi Koplin and Jasmine Jones (USA) 1:54.99 (57.26, 57.73);

 

Men’s skeleton
1.Wenqiang Geng (CHN) 1:48.07 (53.93, 54.14);
2. Nathan Crumpton (ASA) 1:48.54 (54.05, 54.49);
3. Martin Rosenberger (GER) 1:48.98 (54.28, 54.70);
7. Daniel Barefoot (USA) 1:50.54 (54.97, 55.57);
9. Chris Strup (USA) 1:50.75 (55.46, 55.29);
11. Zack Goodwin (USA) 1:51.26 (55.33, 55.93);
17. Kyler Sultemeirer (USA) 1:53.18 (56.73, 56.45);

Women’s skeleton
1.Katie Uhlaender (USA) 1:50.81 (55.25, 55.56);
2. Anna Fernstaedtova (CZE) 1:51.43 (55.61, 55.82);
3. Jaclyn Narracott (AUS) 1:51.68 (55.61, 56.07);
5. Mystique Ro (USA) 1:51.95 (56.05, 55.90);
8. Michelle Toukan (USA) 1:52.84 (56.27, 56.57);
10. Lauren McDonald (USA) 1:53.32 (56.26, 57.06);

 

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