Kaillie Humphries won her second consecutive overall women’s bobsleigh World Cup title for Canada in Germany’s Königssee on January 26, 2014. She followed that up with her second straight Olympic gold medal at Sochi 2014. In recognition of her accomplishment, Humphries and brakeman Heather Moyse were named Canadian flag bearers for the Closing Ceremony.
Humphries took her place in history at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games when she and Moyse became the first Canadian women to win Olympic bobsleigh gold. The duo broke the start record twice and the Whistler Sliding Centre track record three times en route to defeating countrywomen Helen Upperton and Shelley-Ann Brown.
Humphries won her second straight world championship gold in 2013, together with brakeman Chelsea Valois.
The Road to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics
Kaillie Humphries was somewhat of an inexperienced pilot when she stood atop the Olympic podium, having only been driving since the 2006-07 season. She spent her first four years in the sport as a brakeman, which included a trip to the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin, although she did not compete.
In 2007-08 she jumped to the World Cup circuit, winning her first World Cup medal as a pilot in December 2007 and finishing fifth at the 2008 World Championships.
It was during the 2009-10 season, leading up to the Winter Games, that Kaillie Humphries truly established herself as a top contender for Olympic bobsledding gold. She set six start records and two track records while earning four World Cup medals to finish second in the overall standings.
Kaillie Humphries produced another historic first in 2012 when she and brakeman Jenny Ciochetti became the first Canadian female bobsledders to win world championship gold. That victory was part of an incredible string of success.
She had won the last two World Cup races of 2011-12 leading up to the world championships. Kaillie Humphries won the first five World Cup races of the 2012-13 bobsledding season together with rookie brakeman Chelsea Valois.