BMW IBSF World Cup in Whistler: Opening win for defending champion Kaillie Humphries
Whistler (RWH): Opening win for the defending champion: Kaillie Humphries of Canada has taken first place at the opening race in the 2016/2017 BMW IBSF World Cup at Whistler Sliding Centre. With Cynthia Appiah as her brakewoman, last winter’s overall World Cup winner in the women’s bobsleigh had a 0.24-second lead over Christina Hengster/Sanne Dekker (AUT) after two heats. Third place at Whistler went to the US pairing of Jamie Greubel Poser/Lauren Gibbs (0.33 seconds behind).
Alysia Rissling and her brakewoman Melissa Lotholz (CAN, fourth place) and Nadezhda Sergeeva/Anastasia Kohcherzhova (RUS, fifth) both celebrated their best ever results in a BMW IBSF World Cup.
The bobsleigh teams made up of Yooran Kim/Minseong Kim and Seonhye Lee/Miran Shin (KOR) from the host nation of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang ended their World Cup début in Whistler in ninth and tenth place.
Olympic Champion Kaillie Humphries (CAN, 225 points) leads the overall standings for the 2016/2017 BMW IBSF World Cup after the first of eight races, followed by Christina Hengster (AUT, 210) and Jamie Greubel Poser (USA, 200). @RWH2016-2017
Photo: David McColm
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