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Canadian bobsledders Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse sit second at Olympics

By Ted Wyman, Winnipeg Sun

Canadian bobsledders Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse (Reuters)

Canadian bobsledders Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse (Reuters)

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Canada's Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse will have to come from behind if they want to defend their gold medal in women's bobsled at the Olympic Winter Games.

The Canada-1 sled was the favourite to win gold this week at the Sanki Sliding Center, but sits second to USA-1, piloted by Elana Meyers, after the first two runs on Tuesday.

The American sled has an 0.23 second lead, but Humphries isn't concerned.

"We don't really look at times, so I don't even know how big the gap is," Humphries said. "And we don't want to know. "Heather and I go in and focus on ourselves. I have no idea how anyone else did, how their runs were. We stick to us. We just try to have fun. Knowing where other people are just complicates that."

Meyers is happy to have the lead, but knows Humphries will bring plenty of fight to the competition on Wednesday.

"It feels pretty good but we've got a lot of work to do," Meyers said. "The others are great drivers and it's not over. It's a great battle. "As a U.S. team we try and come out and have fast starts, that's why we have these track stars behind us."

Canada-2, driven by Jennifer Ciochetti, is 13th after the first two runs, 2.17 seconds off the pace.

"We weren't super thrilled with today," Ciochetti said. "We were hoping to move up into the top-10 or top six for (Wednesday). We had two solid starts, but there's a few things I can fix in the run. We have been resting a lot. We were really tired from eight World Cup races.

"Those two runs (Tuesday) got me closer to having a run where I don't hit the wall after coming out of Curve 5. I did it all through training as well. You come off the right wall and sometimes you go into a skid that makes it very slow and I am yet to figure out how to avoid that."

The final two runs go Wednesday.

ted.wyman@sunmedia.ca

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