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Kaillie Humphries

Kaillie Humphries
  • Born: 09/04/1985
  • Age: 28
  • Height: 170cm
  • Weight: 77kg
  • Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta
  • Hometown: Calgary, Alberta

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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.

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A Brief History of Kaillie Humphries

Getting into sport: Had her Olympic dream sparked while watching Mark Tewksbury win gold in the 100m backstroke at Barcelona 1992 when she was seven… Was an alpine skier until age 16 when she switched to bobsleigh… Liked that it was a sport for strong, powerful, fast women as well as the intensity… Outside interests: Enjoys knitting, watching movies and TV and riding her motorcycle… Involved with charitable organizations Right to Play, Camp Carmangay and Special Olympics… Dealt with bullying while growing up and now has taken a pro-active stance against it… Feels that she is at a point in her life and career where she has a voice and needs to use it…Odds and Ends: Made a deal with her parents when she was 12 that if she made a national team, they would all get maple leaf tattoos… When she made the Canada national team in bobsleigh they had to follow through… Her left leg is covered in tattoos and include the words, “because you love me,” written in Icelandic on her ankle along with two stars to represent her grandparents who passed away in 2006… Has the faces of her parents on the inside of her right arm and the date of her Olympic gold medal run on her hand… Has a teddy bear that belonged to her grandmother that she takes on tour every year… Motto: “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall”…

Career Highlights

2010 and 2014 Olympic Champion (with Heather Moyse)…Two-time World Champion (2012 with Jenny Ciochetti, 2013 with Chelsea Valois)… 2011 World Bronze Medallist (with Heather Moyse)…

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2010 VancouverOlympic Winter GamesBobsleighTwo-Man - Women - Gold
2014 SochiOlympic Winter GamesBobsleighTwo-Man - Women - Gold
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