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Kaillie Humphries Keeps Up Her Medal Streak In Whistler, While Skeleton’s Clarke Starts A New One

by Bob Reinert

Kaillie Humphries celebrates after the women's bobsled at the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 on Feb. 14, 2022 in Yanqing, China.

 

Put Kaillie Humphries on the Whistler Sliding Centre track, and she’s sure to come away with a medal.
The streak continued this weekend as the American bobsledder won two of the three U.S. medals there in the world cup season opener. The first of her three Olympic gold medals came in 2010 in Whistler while competing for Canada in the Vancouver Games. Now in 10 major international races in Whistler, she’s won 10 medals.
The 37-year-old from Carlsbad, California, who was born in Calgary, Alberta, now owns 59 world cup medals in her illustrious career.
Humphries, who is also a five-time world champion collected the bronze medal in women’s monobob on Friday at Whistler. She finished with a combined time of 1 minutes 51.18 seconds for her two runs down the fast Whistler track, .29 second behind Bianca Ribi of Canada (1:50.89), who won the gold medal in her world cup debut. Fellow Canadian Cynthia Appiah placed second in 1:51.16. 
Humphries and breakwoman Emily Renna, making her world cup debut, placed third Saturday in the women’s bobsled with a time of 1:46.34, just .41 second behind the winning time of 1:45.93 posted by Kim Kalicki and Anabel Galander of Germany. Switzerland’s Melanie Hasler and Nadja Pasternack were second in 1:46.13.
On the other end of the spectrum from Humphries was Hallie Clarke, another Canada native who now competes for the U.S. The 18-year-old won a silver medal in women’s skeleton on Thursday in her first-ever world cup. It was the first American skeleton medal since 2020, when Megan Henry won a bronze medal at Igls, Austria, and the first silver medal since 2017, when Kendall Wesenberg was second at St. Moritz, Switzerland.
Clarke’s two-run total time of 1:47.58 was just .18 second slower than Olympic champion Hannah Neise of Germany (1:47.40). Brogan Crowley of Great Britain, who set a start record of 4.74 seconds in the second run, posted the same time as Clarke and also took home a silver medal, her first world cup podium.
Clarke actually led after posting a time of 53.45 seconds in the first run, but Neise made her move on the second run, posting a time of 53.69 to Clarke’s 54.13. 
“It was a thrill being in my first world cup race,” Clarke said. “Being on a track I know well and having the support from our entire team was very motivating. It is a memory I will carry for a long time.”


Bob Reinert spent 17 years writing sports for The Boston Globe. He also served as a sports information director at Saint Anselm College and Phillips Exeter Academy. He is a contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.
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