Humphries and Gibbs fourth in La Plagne’s women’s bobsled World Cup

Jan. 11, 2020, 6:41 a.m. (ET)

 

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Humphries and Gibbs fourth in La Plagne’s women’s bobsled World Cup


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LA PLAGNE, France (Jan. 11, 2020)Kaillie Humphries (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Lauren Gibbs (Los Angeles, Calif.) finished fourth in the women’s bobsled World Cup competition in La Plagne this morning. As one of the most accomplished women’s pilots in the world, Humphries struggles to accept anything less than a win. She took a season off before joining the U.S. team this fall, and while she’s realistic about the process of returning to elite competition, she’s hungry for more.

“Part of me wants to throw my hands in the air and throw a little tantrum, because of course I want to be winning,” Humphries said. “I wouldn’t be as frustrated if my performance was perfect and I was still behind, but there’s a lot I need to work on with my push and my driving. I keep trying to remind myself of my long-term goal, which eases the stress of where I want to be in the moment. I’m still enjoying the team, we’re working really well together, and I’m enjoying sliding, which is the most important point in sport.”

Humphries and Gibbs started their campaign for the medals by powering the Omaze wrapped sled off the block with the fourth fastest push time of 6.48 seconds. Humphries maintained their position from the start, navigating the sled to the finish with the fourth best time of 1:00.93.

“I made a mistake driving in the first run at the exit of six, and you can’t make those mistakes on this type of track,” Humphries said. “It cost us time.”

The top five sleds were separated by 0.27 seconds in the first heat. Americans Humphries and Gibbs, and Canadians Christian De Bruin and Kristen Bujnowski were the only North American sleds amongst the Germans in the top five. Humphries and Gibbs were sandwiched between two German teams. Stephanie Schneider and Leonie Fiebig were two-hundredths of a second ahead in third position, while Miriama Jamanka and Annika Drazek were one-hundredth of a second behind in fifth. Germany’s Laura Nolte and Deborah Levi held the lead, followed by Canadians De Bruin and Bujnowski in second position.

Humphries and Gibbs were faster off the start in run two with a push time of 6.45 seconds, and Humphries threaded together the third best time of 1:00.87. Schneider and Fiebig responded with a new start record of 6.35 and downtime of 1:00.74 to maintain their lead over the Americans. Humphries and Gibbs finished fourth with a combined time of 2:01.80.

“It’s fun to be back on tour and I’m trying to remember that there’s a lot of racing left this season,” Humphries said. “It feels good being back in a sled, and I know it’s a step by step process to reach my goals.”

Schneider and Fiebig earned bronze in 2:01.65, while De bruin and Bujowski finished one-hundredth of a second ahead for silver. Nolte and Levi matched their teammates’ start record and were victorious in 2:01.43.

Nolte began competing in 2015, and today was only her second-career World Cup competition. She’s the 2016 Youth Olympic Games gold medalist and 2018 Junior World Championship silver medalist.

The men’s two-man bobsled competition is up next at 1:30 p.m. local time. 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. Laura Nolte and Deborah Levi (GER) 2:01.43 (1:00.67, 1:00.76);
2. Christine De Bruin and Kristen Bujnowski  (CAN) in 2:01.64 (1:00.72, 1:00.92);
3. Stephanie Schneider and Leonie Fiebig (GER) 2:01.65 (1:00.91, 1:00.74);
4. Kaillie Humphries and Lauren Gibbs (USA) 2:01.80 (1:00.93, 1:00.87);

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