KOENIGSSEE, Germany (AP) — Olympic and world champion Kaillie Humphries of Canada bounced back to win a women's bobsled World Cup event Friday and hand German rival Cathleen Martini her first defeat on the Koenigssee course in three years.
Martini beat Humphries last week in Altenberg but the Canadian and her brakewoman Chelsea Valois powered down in snowy conditions for a comfortable win, their sixth victory in seven races this season. Sandra Kiriasis of Germany was third.
Noelle Pikus-Pace of the United States, a former world champion, won the women's skeleton race later Friday for her first World Cup win since coming back this season nearly three years after retiring and the birth of her second child.
Two Germans were next, with World Cup leader Marion Thees second and Anja Huber third. Pikus-Pace was in second place in the first heat, 0.03 seconds behind Sarah Reid of Canada. But the Canadian bungled her second run and dropped to fifth, while the American clocked the fastest second heat to jump to first. It was her first World Cup win since 2004.
Pikus-Pace was the Olympic favorite heading into the 2006 Turin Games before an out-of-control bobsled sailed past the end of a track and into Pikus-Pace, badly breaking one of her legs. She missed those Olympics, finished fourth at the 2010 Vancouver Games, and retired afterward primarily because she wanted to spend more time with her family.
The American posted an aggregate time of 1 minute, 47.51 seconds, winning by 0.41 seconds. Humphries clocked 1 minute, 43.07 seconds for the two runs, beating Martini by 0.42 seconds. American track star Lolo Jones and Jazmine Fenlator were 10th.
The Koenigssee course is the oldest artificial ice track in the world.