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What you missed this weekend

What you missed this weekend

By Callum Ng

Canada won two medals at the bobsleigh and skeleton World Cup in Calgary.

Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse paired up as Canada-1 and showed they’re still fast together, winning gold in a track-record time. The 2010 Olympic champs two-run time of one minute, 52.77 bested two American sleds in second and third.

“It is a game within the game between us and the Americans and the Germans at the start. We have great respect for them, and it will be like this all year,” said Humphries. “We know we have a target on our backs. Our goal is to keep doing our job and hopefully keep winning.”

Despite the gamesmanship, Humphries was gracious on Twitter:

A day before the Humphries/Moyse win a brand new Canadian pair raced to a bronze medal in the 2-man bobsleigh. Chris Spring and Jesse Lumsden were fast enough for the podium with a time of one minute, 49.42 in Canada-2.

And it wasn’t by accident, Spring and Lumsden were second after the first run. “We are satisfied, but we wanted more tonight,” commented Spring, ““It is a World Cup podium and you have to be happy with that especially when it is at home.”

On the skeleton track, Eric Neilson and Sarah Reid are officially Sochi-bound. Neilson matched his career-best 5th, and Reid was 6th, both completing Olympic qualification standards.

Winnipeg’s Brittany Schussler skated to a 1500m bronze medal in Astana, Kazakhstan, the third World Cup stop of the season.

Her time of one minute, 57.78 was an exact half-second behind the USA’s Brittany Bowe but only 0.08 seconds behind silver medallist Yuliya Skokova of Russia.

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Although there was no Canadian on the podium in Lake Louise, Erik Guay, Jan Hudec and Manuel Osborne-Paradis did get the big picture job done. Hudec and Osborne-Paradis were 10th and 12th respectively in Sunday’s super-G. Guay was a solid 8th in Saturday’s downhill.

By Callum Ng

Senior Writer/Producer for Olympic.ca: I tell sport stories. I also like songs and dim sum. Liable to be found rink side, track side, pool side, any side.

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