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Humphries, from Calgary, and rookie brakeman Chelsea Valois of Zenon Park, Sask., posted the fastest time in both heats for a winning time of two minutes 3.30 seconds on the La Plagne track in the French Alps.
“I wouldn’t have guessed this would happen at the beginning of the year, but I’m not shocked either,” said Humphries, the reigning Olympic champion. “I think everyone believes they are capable of something like this, and always hope for it, so I’m very happy we have been able to do it.”
Canada’s Humphries wins World Cup bobsled race
Humphries welcomed rookie Valois to her crew after the season, and the two showed instant chemistry. They won the Canadian championship in Valois’ first-ever competitive bobsled race, then went on to win the season opener at Lake Placid.
Humphries broke the record with her seventh victory in a row last week in Winterberg, Germany — a track that had previously given her trouble. Despite her undefeated start to the season, Humphries said there is still a lot of work to do before the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
“Chelsea and I know the Americans are still the fastest on the starts, and the Germans are still the best at driving,” she said. “We have lots of room to grow, but we are going to continue working hard together so we can achieve our ultimate goal of standing on top of the podium in Sochi.”
Earlier in the day, Latvia’s Martins Dukurs continued his dominance of the men’s skeleton circuit, winning for the fourth time this year in a time of 2:02.00. Russia’s Alexander Tretjyakov won silver in 2:02.54, while Tomass Dukurs, Martins’ brother, won bronze in 2:02.92.