Kaillie Humphries helped make Canadian Olympic history when she became one of the two to win the first ever Bobsled medal for Canada. The prize came in the form of a gold medal on Wednesday, Feb. 24.
Humphries was born on Sept. 4, 1985 in Calgary, Alberta and has been competing since 2004. She has experienced success before, as she won silver in the mixed bobsleigh-skeleton team event at the 2008 FIBT World Championships in Altenberg, Germany and finished second overall in the 2009-2010 Bobsleigh World Cup, winning a gold medal with Heather Moyse in Altenberg, Germany.
“I’m not really looking at times. I just push my butt off and make it to the bottom,” Humphries said during the Olympics.
Humphries doesn’t focus on her times, though she has set record-times with partner Moyse at multiple tracks around the world. For the 2009-2010 Bobsleigh World Cup season, Humphries and Moyse set or tied the track start record at every track where they competed.
Start records held by Kaillie Humpries (as listed by Wikipedia):
- Cesana: 5.16 in 2009 with Shelly-Ann Brown (tied by Helen Upperton and Heather Moyse in 2006)
- Park City: 5.20 in 2009 with Heather Moyse
- Lake Placid: 5.46 in 2009 with Heather Moyse (tied with Erin Pac and Michelle Rzepka of the USA)
- Winterberg: 5.54 in 2009 with Heather Moyse
- Altenberg: 5.74 in 2009 with Heather Moyse
- Königssee: 5.25 in 2010 with Heather Moyse
- Igls: 5.50 in 2010 with Heather Moyse
She pushed off strong in British Columbia, running all the way to a gold medal for her country.