Canada wins bobsled gold, silver

By ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency


Canada's gold medallists Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse celebrate following their win. (Al Charest/QMI AGENCY)

WHISTLER, B.C. - Kaillie Humphries says she prefers to drive a bobsled like a Ferrari.

And after her golden performance Wednesday night at the Whistler Sliding Centre, now she may just be able to afford one.

On a wild night of racing in front of an even wilder flag-waving home crowd, Canadian women swept the top two spots on the podium in the two women bobsled, a first gold-siver exactor for the home nation at these Games.

Driving her Canada-1 sled to perfection, after a track record-equalling push from brakeman Heather Moyse, Humphries steered like a Formula One driver and cruised her way down Blackcomb Mountain to the prize of gold that awaited.

The prize even came with a bonus as the Canada-2 sled of Helen Upperton and Shelley-Ann Brown had a brilliant run of their own to capture second.

Moyse and Humphries embraced at the finish line, smiles as wide as the final turn on the sliding track. The winners gave Canada a record-tying seventh gold medal at these Games, equalling the output from Torino four years ago and Salt Lake in 2002.

On a controversial track that has sparked fear in the hearts of drivers from around the world - both male and female - Moyse and Humphries attacked it with precision and authority, racing like they owned it.

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