Two out of three isn’t so bad, especially if those two things are BMW IBSF World Cup gold medals that leave opponents with little hope.
For the second time in three races, Kaillie Humphries and Melissa Lotholz took first place in women’s bobsleigh this season, winning by more than half a second in Konigssee, Germany on Friday. The time they didn’t win, they still found the podium in third place.
The 2015-16 season started with three consecutive World Cup stops in Germany, where Humphries piloted her sled with brakeman Lotholz to a record-breaking gold in Altenberg last month, which was followed by a bronze in Winterberg a week later, before the latest top performance from the Canadian duo.
The Canada sled’s two-run combined winning time of one minute, 41.21 second was comfortably ahead of Belgian duo of Elfje Willemsen and Sophie Vercruyssen (1:41.74) and Jamie Greubel Poser and Lauren Gibbs of the United States (1:41.85).
“I love it here. It feels a lot like being in the Rocky Mountains,” Calgary-native Humphries said through a Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton press release about the Konigssee track. “The people are so positive and the vibe feels like home.”
“The big difference this year is really the sled. I have a new sled that has taken some time to get used to, but I have been able to learn quick, and after a few runs on the track I’m comfortable.”
Through three races Humphries with 650 points leads the World Cup standings ahead of Greubel Poser (625) with Willemsen (596) trailing in third. The tour moves to North America with two stops in the United States before Whistler, British Columbia from January 22 to 23.