Humphries wins women’s bobsled World Cup in St. Moritz with Gibbs

Feb. 01, 2020, 6:09 a.m. (ET)

 

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Humphries wins women’s bobsled World Cup in St. Moritz with Gibbs


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ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Feb. 1, 2020)Kaillie Humphries (Carlsbad, Calif.) continued her medal streak today, winning gold with Lauren Gibbs (Los Angeles, Calif.) in the women’s bobsled World Cup on the all-natural track in St. Moritz.

Today was the first gold in St. Moritz since 2014 for Humphries, but the fifth consecutive win for the U.S. women on the Swiss track. Elana Meyers Taylor, who is taking the season off while pregnant, won the last four World Cup races in St. Moritz.

This morning didn’t start without some hiccups. The battery was dead in Humphries’ truck, so she had to borrow the men’s truck. USA Bobsled Head Coach Mike Kohn said, “It’s just been one of those weeks.”

“We had to scramble to get back to the hotel so the men could load their sled for the two-man race later today,” Kohn said. “The team was great. Everyone stayed calm and adapted to the situation.”

Humphries and Gibbs powered the Omaze branded sled off the block with the fastest start time of 5.50 seconds, and Humphries threaded together a flawless run of one minute, 8.24 seconds to lead the field by 0.19 seconds.

“Here we are in first place and we didn’t have a favorable draw or ideal start to the morning, but we can’t control that, so we focused on what we could control,” Kohn said. “I love how we are operating right now. Every team member is laser focused on what they can control. We aren’t worrying about the draw, the weather, or what other teams are doing, and it’s showing in our results.”

“I actually don’t know the times, I try not to so I can focus on pushing hard and driving well,” Humphries said. “I only knew I was in first because I was last off in the second heat. If I focus on the process, then I have to trust that the time will be there with the right equipment and velocity.”

The German teams of Mariama Jamanka and Kira Lipperheide, and Stephanie Schneider and Leonie Fiebig put pressure on the Americans in the second heat with push times of 5.51 and 5.40 seconds, respectively– but it wasn’t enough to surpass Humphries and Gibbs. The U.S. duo posted a second heat start time of 5.54 seconds for a run of 1:08.94 to win by 0.16 seconds with a combined time of 2:17.18.

“It was great racing with (Lauren) Gibbs again this week, but we still have some work to do to stay in the realm of the Germans,” Humphries said. “They are pushing fast this year, but we keep reeling them in week after week.”

Jamanka and Lipperheide claimed the silver medal with an aggregate time of 2:17.34, while Schneider and Fiebig earned bronze in 2:17.35.

Humphries is the World Cup leader with 1,484 points. Schneider is 73 points behind in second place, but the German will likely overtake the lead in next week’s World Cup finale. The American bobsledders are missing the eighth stop in Sigulda, Latvia to get extra time in Altenberg, Germany, where the 2020 World Championships will be held from February 17- March 1.

“I’ll be honest, it’s hard knowing that I’m likely giving up the overall title,” Humphries. “Most people won’t understand the decision to miss the last World Cup, but at the end of the day it’s what’s best for me and the team in order to prepare for World Championships. The Germans will be dominant there, so it’s going to take all of my energy focusing on that track if I want to win. I won’t have any regrets because I’ll know I did everything I could to be ready.”

Racing continues with the men’s two-man competition at 1 p.m. local time/7 a.m. EST today. NBC Sports and Olympic Channel will have broadcast and digital streaming coverage. Fans can catch all the action in spectacular high definition via NBC Sports online at NBCSports.com/Live, or through the NBC Sports app. Additional coverage will be available on OlympicChannel.com and the Olympic Channel app.

Please contact USABS Marketing & Communications Director Amanda Bird at 518-354-2250, or amanda.bird@usabs.com, with media inquiries.

Results

 

1. Kaillie Humphries and Lauren Gibbs (USA) 2:17.18 (1:08.24, 1:08.94);
2. Mariama Jamanka and Kira Lipperheide (GER) 2:17.34 (1:08.43, 1:08.91);
3. Stephanie Schneider and Leonie Fiebig (GER) 2:17.35 (1:08.52, 1:08.83);

 

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