SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Reigning Olympic and world champion Kaillie Humphries of Canada claimed her maiden overall title in the bobsled World Cup on Friday after finishing third at the season-ending event.
The 2006 Olympic champion Sandra Kiriasis of Germany and her brakewoman Franziska Bertels clocked a combined time of 1 minute, 57.19 seconds from two heats to win the first bobsled test event at the Sanki Sliding Center — the 2014 Sochi Olympics venue for bobsled, skeleton and luge.
It was a 45th career victory for Kiriaisis, who dominated the World Cup from 2003 to 2011 with nine consecutive overall victories. Americans Elana Meyers and her pusher Aja Evans were second in 1:57.32, while Humphries and her brakewoman Chelsea Valois clocked 1:57.33.
Humphries finished top of the women's bobsled rankings with 1,960 points from nine events. Kiriasis was 162 points behind in second, while her fellow German Cathleen Martini was third with 1,691 points.
The World Cup continues Saturday with women's skeleton and men's bobsled events.