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2014 Olympic profile: Kaillie Humphries

Kaillie Humphries
Kaillie Humphries
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According to www.fibt.com on Monday, Kaillie Humphries of Calgary is ranked first in the 2013-14 World Cup standings after her victory with Heather Moyse of Summerside, Prince Edward Island in a women's World Cup bobsled event in St. Moritz on Saturday.

Humphries and Moyse currently have a 29 point lead over American Elana Meyers, who has been on the podium this year with Lolo Jones, Lauryn Williams and Aja Evans as her brakewomen.

Humphries is the defending Olympic champion with Moyse, is a two-time defending world champion and has won races so far this season in Calgary, Lake Placid and St. Moritz.

Here is a recent interview with the world's best bobsled driver:

How meaningful is it that you are back with Moyse after a time apart because of some injuries Moyse experienced since the last Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver?

"It just felt comfortable right from day one when Heather came back in the summer. Everything came back and it just fit. It feels comfortable having somebody I trust. It's not that I didn't before, but it's different, and it's a really great comfortable feeling, and as a pilot that is huge because all I know I really have to do is focus on the driving. The starts she takes care of it. She does an amazing job. It works out great."

Do you belive the Americans and the Germans will be your toughest competition heading into the Olympics?

"Of course. The Germans are amazing pilots. They have really great equipment. The Americans are extremely physically gifted and fast at the start. They can drive as well. It (The Olympics) is going to depend on the track and is going to depend on the day, and who prepares the best in February."

In terms of training, are you going to be doing anything different this time around compared to your preparation prior to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver?

"I think our plan and process has been the same. It allows us to be where we're at. We're four years more experienced now than when we were going into Vancouver. We're in a different position.The pressure is going to be different. We're going to have to adjust. I mean Russia is going to be a whole different ball game. Each race is different than it was than every race leading into Vancouver. So certain things are definitely going to be different because they are going to have to be and other things we can control will be different."

What is it like being the gold medal favourite heading into the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi because you weren't heading into the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver?

"No, I mean going into Vancouver, there wasn't much pressure on us at all. Now Heather and I are a big target. I mean at the end of the day the amount of pressure we put on ourselves is far greater than anybody else puts upon us. I want to do good for her and she wants to do good for me. We both have the pride of the nation that we want to do good for Canada. That's it."