Humphries, Lotholz win bobsled gold in Park City

Canada's driver Kaillie Humphries, left, and brakeman Melissa Lotholz compete in the women's bobsled World Cup race on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, in Park City, Utah. Humphries and Lotholz came in first place. (Rick Bowmer/AP)

PARK CITY, Utah — Canada’s Kaillie Humphries and Melissa Lotholz captured their third gold medal of the bobsled World Cup season by winning Friday’s women’s race.

The duo took the gold medal with a two-run time of one minute 40.38 seconds

"It was another good race, and a close race. It is always a little nerve wracking when it is snowing because you never quite know, but we had a good start position today and it all worked out," said Calgary’s Humphries who has teamed with Barrhead, Alta., native Lotholz for five podium finishes in five races this year. The team also has a silver and a bronze.

"Consistency is such a big part of our sport. You do know the pressure is on a little bit (in the second run) more for a team who has not won before. But I really just wanted to focus on what we were doing. I knew we could get better on our second run and we did."

Austria’s Christina Hengster and Sanne Monique Dekker, leaders after the first run, held on for the silver with a time of 1:40.54. Americans Jamie Greubel Poser and Lauren Gibbs took bronze in 1:40.85.

"This was a big win for us," said Lotholz. "I knew our first start wasn’t the greatest so I reviewed some things with the coaches during the break, and I just wanted to come out and give it my all.

"My primary job is that I’m the motor of the sled. Once I get in the sled you feel job satisfaction, and then I put a lot of trust in Kaillie to do the rest. She is one of the best at what she does."

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