September 4, 1985 |
|Height||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|Weight||73 kg (160 lb; 11.5 st)|
|Coached by||Stefan Bosch|
|Achievements and titles|
Kaillie Humphries (née Simundson) (born September 4, 1985 in Calgary) is a Canadian bobsledder. Humphries is the reigning Olympic champion in the two-woman at the 2010 Winter Olympics and reigning overall World Cup champion. She has also achieved seven FIBT World Championship medals which includes her current title as the reigning two-time World Champion.
It was a rocky start to Humphries career, after being down the depth chart at the 2006 Winter Olympics for Canada, she did not feature at those games. In an effort to compete she nearly defected to represent the United Kingdom the country of her soon-to-be husband. Yet she remained with the Canadian team and soon found herself competing after signing up for a bobsleigh driving school. She won the silver medal in the mixed bobsleigh-skeleton team event at the 2008 FIBT World Championships in Altenberg, Germany. Humphries finished the 2009-10 Bobsleigh World Cup second overall with a third place finish on the last stop at Igls.
Humphries then most prominently won a gold medal in the Two-woman competition at the 2010 Winter Olympics with Heather Moyse. The silver medal was won by fellow Canadians Shelley-Ann Brown and Helen Upperton. It marked the first time of the 2010 Olympics that Canadians had won two medals in one event. The win completed a childhood dream for Humphries. After the final run she said that "I don't think I can put it into words yet, we did our job, you know. The goal I set as a little kid, to have done it, is amazing.”
During the next couple of years, Humphries met with limited success on the World Cup tour and in World Championship competition. However, during the 2012 championships in Lake Placid she won her first World Championship gold medal with Jennifer Ciochetti as her brakeman. This was also the first gold for any Canadian woman's sled team at the World Championships. When asked about what her result means on top of her Olympic gold she said that "It feels amazing. It is another goal accomplished. This means a lot to me. I feel like I'm still growing as a pilot and I try to learn from every experience. I have been working on my consistency and I'm glad it showed here." In the team event, Humphries went on to help guide the Canadians to a bronze medal as well, adding to her medal tally that year.
She continued to turn heads the next season, during the 2012–13 Bobsleigh World Cup Humphries started the season with five straight wins with help from the pushes of new brakeman Chelsea Valois. This success would continue as the pair placed first while setting a track record at the 2013 FIBT World Championships in St. Moritz, thus enabling Humphries to successfully defend her title as World Champion. This was also Humphries twelfth straight podium finish in FIBT events. She locked up the World Cup overall title with a third place finish at the Sliding Center Sanki near Sochi site of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Humphries responded to press about her runs saying "They weren't the best runs today, 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."
- Olympic Winter Games
- 2006 - Turin, Alternate - Push Athlete, Did Not Compete
- 2010 - Vancouver, 1st with Heather Moyse
- FIBT (IBSF) World Cup Overall Season Championship
- Third, overall in the 2009–10 FIBT World Cup
- Third, overall in the 2010–11 FIBT World Cup
- World Championships
- 2008 - Altenberg, 2nd with Combined Team Event
- 2011 - Winterberg, 3rd with Heather Moyse
- 2011 - Winterberg, 3rd with Combined Team Event
- 2012 - Lake Placid, 1st with Jennifer Ciochetti
- 2012 - Lake Placid, 3rd with Combined Team Event
- 2013 - St. Moritz, 1st with Chelsea Valois
- World Cup Single Events
- 2007/2008 - Lake Placid, 3rd with Heather Moyse
- 2008/2009 - Whistler, 2nd with Heather Moyse
- 2008/2009 - Park City, 2nd with Heather Moyse
- 2009/2010 - Lake Placid, 3rd with Combined Team Event
- 2009/2010 - Lake Placid, 3rd with Heather Moyse
- 2009/2010 - Igls, 3rd with Heather Moyse
- 2009/2010 - Königsee, 2nd with Heather Moyse
- 2009/2010 - Königsee, 2nd with Heather Moyse
- 2009/2010 - Altenberg, 1st with Heather Moyse
- 2010/2011 - Whistler, 3rd with Heather Hughes
- 2011/2012 - Königsee, 3rd with Combined Team Event
- 2011/2012 - Königsee, 2nd with Emily Baadsvik
- 2011/2012 - La Plagne, 1st with Emily Baadsvik
- 2011/2012 - Whistler, 1st with Emily Baadsvik
- 2011/2012 - Calgary, 1st with Jennifer Ciochetti
- 2012/2013 - Lake Placid, 1st with Chelsea Valois
- 2012/2013 - Park City, 1st with Chelsea Valois
- 2012/2013 - Whistler, 1st with Chelsea Valois
- Europa Cup
- 2006/2007 - Europa Cup, Champion
- FIBT-Bobsleigh profile, accessed January 27, 2013
- Vick Hall (February 25, 2010). "Canada nabs gold, silver in bobsleigh". Canada.com. Retrieved February 15, 2013.
- "Humphries, Moyse hit World Cup bobsleigh podium". CBC News. 22 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-22.
- Rutherford, Kristina (2010-02-24). "Canada finishes 1-2 in women's bobsleigh". CTV Olympics. Retrieved 2010-02-24.
- "Canada's Humphries wins bobsleigh gold". CBC Sports. February 18, 2012.
- Gary Kingston (February 19, 2012). "Gold, silver and bronze for Canada". Vancouver Sun.
- "Calgary's Kaillie Humphries extends historic winning streak". CBC Sports. December 14, 2012.
- Michael Camu (January 26, 2013). "Canada's Kaillie Humphries defends world bobsleigh title". CBC Sports.
- "Kaillie Humphries clinches World Cup bobsled season title". CBC Sports. February 15, 2012.
- "Dan and Kaillie Humphries slide into romance". CTV. 2 November 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-22.