UConn Graduate George Third In Olympic Bobsled

Ruben Hill
February 21, 2018

The third run changed everything for Kaillie Humphries and Phylicia George in the Winter Olympic bobsleigh final. The pair clocked 3:22.89 split across four runs down the ice track finishing 0.44 off of the gold medal-winning German team.

The 32-year-old Humphries, fresh off a fourth overall World Cup season title in five years, won gold at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and four years later beat Meyers Taylor by 1-10th of a second for top spot.

Heather Moyse and driver Alysia Rissling finished sixth in Olympic bobsleigh in Pyeongchang Wednesday.

She arrived here a two-time Winter Olympics champion looking to three-peat, being pushed by a two-time Summer Olympics sprinter looking for her first medal.

"You know, we came out, pressure was on, we knew we had to perform", Humphries said. More Canadians, Christine De Bruin and Melissa Lotholz, came in seventh. Justin Kripps and Alex Kopacz raced Germany's Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis to a stunning gold-medal tie in the two-man bobsled Monday when both sleds produced combined four-run times of 3:16.86.

When Humphries first arrived here, she said that her experience would help her but it would only go so far because "every Olympics is completely different".

Moyse retired in 2014, forcing Humphries to find a new brakeman ahead of the 2018 Olympics.

The Canadians had been in fifth place coming into the last day of competition, but a solid third run bumped them up into medal contention. She competed as a track and field athlete in the 100m hurdles at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Summer Games but did not medal.

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