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Humphries continues World Cup bobsleigh medal streak

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The Canadian Press
1/4/2013 11:22:33 AM
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ALTENBERG, Germany -- One streak has ended but another continues for Calgary's Kaillie Humphries.

Humphries and rookie brakeman Chelsea Valois of Zenon Park, Sask., finished third in a World Cup bobsleigh event Friday. That ended Humphries' win streak at eight straight races but it marked the ninth straight event she had captured a medal in.

"The streak is over, but I knew it would come to an end at some point," said the 27-year-old Humphries, whose first of nine career World Cup victories came here in 2009. "We had a good day today.

"I made a small mistake on my second run. This shows that even though you have a good day sometimes others are going to be better than you."

German teams grabbed the top two positions.

Cathleen Martini and Stephanie Schneider finished first with a time of one minute 56.95 seconds while compatriots Sandra Kiriasis and Franziska Bertels were second in 1:57.25. The Canadians were next in 1:57.27 as Humphries earned a 17th career World Cup medal as a pilot.

"Overall it was a good day and I'm happy with how our pushes were," said Humphries. "There was a crash before us and that was another new experience for Chelsea to respond to.

"She did great again today."

There was also a World Cup women's skeleton event on the track, with rookie Cassie Hawrysh of Brandon, Man., the top Canadian in eighth with a time of 2:03:37.

Sliding in heavy rain, Calgary's Sarah Reid and Mellisa Hollingsworth of Eckville, Alta., both struggled with the wet conditions. Reid was 18th in 2:04.76 while Hollingsworth finished 19th in 2:04.86.

Kaillie Humphries Chelsea Valois (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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