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Kaillie Humphries wins another bobsled race for US

Kaillie Humphries’ first two races for the U.S. could not have turned out better.

Humphries improved to 2-for-2 on the young season, winning another women’s bobsled World Cup race at Mount Van Hoevenberg on Saturday. The former top Canadian driver who joined the U.S. program earlier this year teamed with Lauren Gibbs to finish two runs in 1 minute, 54.03 seconds.

It was Humphries’ first time winning back-to-back golds since January 2016, and the first time any women’s driver has opened a season with two straight wins since Elana Meyers Taylor of the U.S. prevailed in the first three events of the 2014-15 season.

The Canadian team of Justin Kripps, Ryan Sommer, Cameron Stones, Benjamin Coakwell, center, celebrate their win in the four-man bobsled World Cup race, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, Latvia team of Oskars Kibermanis, Lauris Kaufmanis, Arvis Vilkaste, Matiss Miknis, left, second place Benjamin Maier, Marco Rangl, Markus Sammer, Danut Ion Moldovan of Austria, third place join the celebration. (AP PhotoHans Pennink)

Germany’s Kim Kalicki drove to the silver medal in 1:54.18, or 0.15 seconds behind Humphries. Canada got the bronze, with Christine De Bruin getting her sled across the line in 1:54.25. Brittany Reinbolt was the next-best U.S. finisher after Humphries, teaming with Sylvia Hoffman to place eighth in 1:55.28.

Earlier Saturday, Canada’s Justin Kripps won the season’s opening World Cup four-man bobsled race, prevailing at Mount Van Hoevenberg for the second consecutive year.

Kripps and his team of Ryan Sommer, Cameron Stones and Benjamin Coakwell finished two runs in 1 minute, 49.50 seconds. Latvia’s sled driven by Oskars Kibermanis was second in 1:49.89 and Austria’s Benjamin Maier drove to the bronze in 1:49.97.

Driver Benjamin Maier, Marco Rangl, Markus Sammer, and brakeman Danut Ion Moldovan of Austria, take a turn during the second run of the four-man bobsled World Cup race, in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (AP PhotoHans Pennink)

It was only the second time in the last 17 World Cup four-man races that Germany failed to medal — the other being last year, also in Lake Placid. The top German finish in four-man was a tie for fourth between drivers Francesco Friedrich and Johannes Lochner.

The sled driven by Codie Bascue was sixth to lead the U.S. contingent. There is a second four-man race in Lake Placid on Sunday, after last weekend’s opening event of the season saw two two-man races and none of the four-man variety.

Driver Justin Kripps, Ryan Sommer, Cameron Stones and brakeman Benjamin Coakwell of Canada, take a turn during the second run of the four-man bobsled World Cup race, in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (AP PhotoHans Pennink)