Three weeks ahead of Pyeongchang 2018, double Olympic women’s bobsleigh champion Kaillie Humphries of Canada has earned her fourth overall World Cup victory.
Humphries piloted her brakewoman Phylicia George to second place at the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation’s (IBSF) World Cup finale in Königssee to secure her fourth title following previous successes in 2013, 2014 and 2016.
The final event was won by Germany’s European champion Stephanie Schneider.
She and her partner Annika Drazek finished 0.29 seconds ahead of the Canadian pair, and 0.32 ahead of world champions Elana Meyers Taylor and Lauren Gibbs of the United States.
Humphries and George finished with 1631 points, 40 ahead of the US pairing, who finished on the podium in seven of the eight World Cup races this season.
Germany’s Mariana Jamanka was third overall with 1538 points.
Earlier in the day there was another notable Canadian success as bobsleigh pilot Justin Kripps won the first overall title of his career in the two-man event as he and his brakeman Alexander Kopacz finished third.
Victory on the day went to Germany’s world champions Francesco Friedrich and brakeman Thorsten Margis, who thus secured second place in the overall standings with 1,504 points behind the Canadians’ total of 1,631.
Germany’s Johannes Lochner and Christopher Weber were second, 0.40 seconds back, with the Canadian pair 0.44 adrift.
In the eight races that made up the 2017-2018 IBSF World Cup, Canada’s World Championship silver medallist never finished below fourth place, securing a gold medal in Altenberg and finishing on the podium on four further occasions.
Canada’s Chris Spring finished 17th to earn the 11 extra points he needed to take third place in the overall World Cup standings.