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2013 Calgary athlete of the year

Kaillie Humphries
Kaillie Humphries
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For the third time in four years on Thursday, bobsledder Kaillie Humphries has been named Calgary athlete of the year by www.examiner.com.

Humphries, who won the gold medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, might just have had her finest bobsled season.

She won the gold medal for the second consecutive year at the World Bobsleigh Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland--this time with Chelsea Valois of Carrot River, Saskatchewan.

Humphries also won World Cups in Konigssee, Germany, Calgary, Canada and Lake Placid, United States. In the other six World Cups she competed in, Humphries was on the podium five times.

Heading into the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Humphries and Heather Moyse (Humphries brakeman from the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver) are the favourites to defend their Olympic gold medal. Moyse has become an outstanding push starter, and Humphries is an exceptional driver.

Humphries previously won the honour in 2010 and 2012. The other winners over the years have been alpine skier Jonathan Kucera (2009) and barrel race driver Lindsay Sears (2011).

Other notables in 2013 were Milwaukee Brewers closer Jim Henderson and luger Alex Gough.