According to the Red Deer Advocate on Sunday, when Calgary native Kaillie Humphries won her bronze medal in women's bobsled with Heather Moyse of Summerside, Prince Edward Island at a World Cup event in Konigssee, Germany, she won the World Cup circuit in 2013-14 by a single point over American Elena Meyers.
Humphries, the defending Olympic champion, finished with 1629 points to Meyers' 1628 points. The victory might have been sweet for Humphries, however it is clear that Humphries and Moyse will be targeted at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
The bottom line is they are the favourites now and will have powerful teams from the United States, Germany and Switzerland giving them a significant challenge.
On the men's side, Russian Alexander Zubkov will be under the tutelage of Canadian Olympic gold medalist Pierre Lueders of Edmonton. Lueders started coaching the Russian bobsled program in 2012 and Zubkov has the capability of piloting the Russian sleds to a medal in the two man and four man competitions.
Here are my Olympic predictions for bobsled:
Men's 2 man (February 16 & 17)
Gold--Beat Hefti/Alex Baumann--Switzerland
Silver--Steven Holcomb/Chris Fogt--United States
Bronze--Alexander Zubkov/Alexey Voevoda--Russia
Men's 4 man (February 22 & 23)
Women's (February 18 & 19)
Gold-Kaillie Humphries/Heather Moyse--Canada
Silver-Sandra Kiriasis/Franziska Fritz--Germany
Bronze--Elana Meyers/Aja Evans--United States