USABS Continues to Excel as the World Cup Season Concludes
by Abby Slenker
SIGULDA, LATVIA (February 19, 2023)- The last IBSF World Cup of the season brought victory for the stars and stripes.
During her first-ever competition on the Sigulda track, Kaillie Humphries took home gold in Women’s Monobob with a time of 1:46.52. This final victory secured Humphries the title of the overall winner in Monobob points for the World Cup season.
In 2-Woman Bobsled, Humphries again made the podium along with teammate Kaysha Love with their 3rd-place finish time of 1:41.97. Team Kaillie Humphries was awarded a 3rd-place title for their overall performance in 2-Woman for the season, while Team Nicole Vogt finished 8th overall at the end of the race season.
Due to her excellent performance this weekend, Humphries also was awarded the overall winner in points for Bobsled Combined Women by the IBSF for her total achievements in both 2-Woman and Monobob.
“It was an awesome way to close off the season with Kaysha by making the podium on this new track in 2-Woman as well as in Monobob. It was a team effort and everyone worked super hard. To end the season with two podium finishes is truly an incredible feeling!” Humphries shared.
“This was so exciting and a great way to end the season! I am looking forward to what the next season will bring.” Love shared about her final podium finish with her Olympic teammate.
Capping off the World Cup results of the weekend for the US, Kelly Curtis placed 17th in Women’s Skeleton with a time of 1:45.57 and Austin Florian placed 16th with a time of 1:42.10 in Men’s Skeleton.
In both the Europe Cup (EC) and Intercontinental Cup (ICC) circuits this weekend, the US was again successful.
Mystique Ro took home first in Women’s Skeleton in the ICC circuit with a time of 1:47.39 and then the next day made the podium again when she earned 2nd with a time of 1:47.35. Dan Barefoot placed 9th on the first day in Men’s Skeleton with a time of 1:45.57 and 7th on the second day with a time of 1:45.32.
In the EC circuit, Frankie Del Duca, Martin Christofferson, Manteo Mitchell, and Adrian Adams also graced the podium with their single run time of 55.78 earning them a 2nd-place finish, their run also earning them the award for the fastest start of the 4-Man Bobsled event. Vogt and Emily Renna earned 4th-place medals in 2-Woman Bobsled with a time of 58.61. Also in 2-Woman, Riley Compton and Macy Tarlton placed 9th with a run time of 59.45 and Sylvia Hoffman and Emma Baumert placed 10th with a time of 59.90. In Women’s Monobob, Vogt placed 10th and Compton placed 12th with times of 2:04.19 and 2:204.39, respectively. Geoffrey Gadbois and Carsten Vissering placed 10th in 2-Man Bobsled with their time of 1:56.60. In Men’s Skeleton, Bradley Nicol and Darryl Payne placed 14th and 28th with times of 1:47.69 and 1:48.69.
As the sliding season wraps up, the action will return to American soil in March with the North American Cup (NAC) and Youth Series events. Until then, the racing action will move to Pyeongchang, South Korea for the Asian Championships.
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