KOENIGSSEE, Germany — Calgary’s Kaillie Humphries won silver on Saturday at the IBSF World Cup to lock up the 2017-18 overall championship in women’s bobsleigh and Justin Kripps’ bronze clinched the men’s two-man overall title.
Humphries, pushed by former track star Phylicia George of Toronto, finished in one minute 41.64 seconds — 0.29 seconds behind Germany’s Stephanie Schneider.
Humphries, 32, won back-to-back Olympic gold medals in 2010 and 2014.
She paired up with George this season and the duo won gold at a World Cup in Germany earlier this month.
Humphries finished first in the overall women’s standings with 1,631 points. American Elana Meyers Taylor, who took bronze in Saturday’s race, is second with 1.591.
“I am really happy to win the overall title and get that Globe again. To be consistent over eight races to me proves it is not just about one track. It tells me that I can perform on any track and that gives me a lot of confidence in my ability and performance,” said Humphries, who had both George and Melissa Lotholz on her sled this year.
“Phylicia gets better each race and that is great to see. It has been a long road for Melissa. She has grown so much the last couple of years. Winning the overall is nice to see the hard work all of us have put in pay off.”
Earlier Saturday, Francesco Friedrich won the two-man bobsled event to cut into Kripps’ overall lead in the standings.
The German, pushed by Thorsten Margis, was fastest in both runs for a combined time of 1:38.97 seconds, beating compatriots Johannes Lochner and Christopher Weber by 0.40 seconds for his second win of the season.
Kripps, pushed by Alexander Kopacz, was third, 0.44 behind.
“Winning the overall is absolutely huge,” said the 31-year-old Kripps, who now has nine career podium finishes in two-man racing along with a silver medal at last year’s World Championships. “It’s been a dream of mine since I started driving. I’m really proud of both Alex (Kopacz) and Jesse (Lumsden) who both pushed very well to share the two-man workload. It’s incredible we didn’t finish worse than fourth the whole season.”
The Summerland, B.C., resident still leads the overall standings after eight races with 1,631 points, ahead of Friedrich’s 1,504.
— With files from The Associated Press and Bobsleigh Canada