Kaillie Humphries, Chelsea Valois win bobsleigh title
By QMI Agency
|Canada's Kaillie Humphries and Chelsea Valois speed down at the start of the two-woman bobsleigh competition test event in Rosa Khutor, a venue for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics near Sochi, Russia on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. (Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters)
A bronze medal finish in the final bobsleigh race of the season gave Canada's Kaillie Humphries and Chelsea Valois the overall World Cup title on Friday in Sochi, Russia.
On the verge of missing the podium for the first time this season, the Canada 1 pair took advantage of a costly error by Germany's Cathleen Martini to earn another top-three finish.
"They weren't the best runs today," Humphries said in a release. "I made a few mistakes, but I am still learning. We are going to come back here again next year for international training week and work hard to clean things up."
It has been an unprecedented medal-winning string for the 25-year-old Calgarian that includes two World Championship titles and nine World Cup victories dating back to last season. She also set a new record of winning eight straight international victories earlier this year.
Edmonton's Jenny Ciochetti had a personal best result, finishing sixth in the Canada 2 sled. Ciochetti, who is completing her first full season driving on the World Cup, along with Calgary's Kate O'Brien climbed five spots in the second run.
UPSET WIN IN WATER POLO
Nicolas Constantin-Bicari had impeccable timing for the Canadian men's water polo team on Friday.
The native of Montreal scored with 0.6 seconds remaining in regulation to give Canada an upset 12-11 win over Romania on Friday at the Volvo Cup in Kecskemet, Hungary.
"I knew time was winding down so I wanted to fire the shot off quickly," said Constantin-Bicari. "The Romanians all went to one side of the pool and I was able to get myself open. It's a big win for our program."
It was Canada's first match since qualifying last month for the World Aquatic Championships set for this July. Canada will enter the worlds as the No. 1 team from the Americas for the first time.
Canada faces Hungary on Saturday and Hungary's national junior team on Sunday to conclude the tournament.
WEAVER, POJE ADDED TO WORLDS
Ice dance silver medallists Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje have been added to Canada's figure skating world team roster.
Weaver, 23, and Andrew Poje, 25, were sidelined in December after Weaver suffered an injury to her left ankle in training and had surgery.
"Kaitlyn underwent a successful surgery and the team is back on the ice in training mode," Skate Canada High Performance Director Mike Slipchuk said in a release. "We will continue to monitor their progress over the next few weeks to determine their readiness for the world championships."
The Waterloo, Ont., pair will be one of three entries in ice dance for Canada at the worlds next month in London, Ont. They will join Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, and Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier.
DIVER RETURNS, PLACES 6TH
Out of diving for three years, Emma Friesen made a surprising splash in her return to the pool.
The North Vancouver native posted an impressive sixth place finish in the women's three-metre to open the Grand Prix diving season on Friday in Madrid.
"I wish my final would have been better but I went for it," said the 24-year-old. "I was timid on some entries and not as confident as I should have been."
Between 2009 and 2011, Friesen was out of diving due to ankle and shoulder surgery, an illness and her university studies. She began her comeback last years, placing third in the three metre at the Canadian Olympic trials.
CANADA SENDS THREE TO CYCLING WORLDS
Three cyclists will represent Canada at the UCI Track World Championships in Minsk, Belarus.
Vancouver's Laura Brown, Victoria's Gillian Carleton and Jasmin Glaesser of Coquitlam, B.C. will represent Canada at the Feb. 20-24 event.
The trio will try to defend Canada's bronze medal performance from the 2012 World Championships.
During the 2012 Summer Olympic in London, Carleton and Glaesser won the bronze medal in team pursuit.
TOUGH DAY FOR CANUCK SKIERS
It was a tough day for two young Canadian skiers on a very challenging giant slalom course in Austria on Friday.
Toronto's Phil Brown finished 35th while Dustin Cook, of Lac-Sainte-Marie, Que., did not finish his second run as both skiers struggled at the Alpine World Ski Championships in Schladming.
American superstar Ted Ligety claimed his third gold medal at the worlds.
"It's always a good experience to get World Cup and world championship starts but I'm a little disappointed with how it went," Brown, 22, said in a release. "I think I just need to work a little bit more on my giant slalom. I've been struggling a little bit lately. Hopefully I can take something positive from this and move forward."