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As for Mellisa Hollingsworth, who won on this course last year, she came into this week battling an illness and didn't do as well as she wanted to.
While she didn't want to blame her performance on her health, she says it was a factor. "Sliding is hard on your head as it is, much less having a massive head cold."
Rush second in two-man bobsleigh.
The men's two-man bobsleigh competition came down to just four one-hundredths of a second with pilot Lyndon Rush and brakeman Lascelles Brown placing second to the USA 1 sled of Steven Holcomb and Steven Langton. It was Canada's second medal of the day, but for Rush — who crashed in his last race at Lake Placid — it was the wrong colour.
When asked if he was happy about his run after crashing in his last race, Rush said: "Kind of. I'm pretty good at crashing and coming back strong, but to be honest I feel like it's gold or nothing here (in Whistler).
"I know I made a mistake in corner four, (Holcomb) put in a good run and just clipped me."
Rush's time was 1:45.30, while Holcomb clocked a 1:45.26; 0.03 seconds ahead after the first run then adding a 0.01 in the second. Third place went to Francesco Friedrich and Jannis Baecker in the Germany 3 sled.
As for the other Canadians, pilot Chris Springs made the top five for the first time in his career, placing fifth place with Jesse Lumsden pushing.
"It's pretty exciting and to do it at home is exciting as well," said Spring. "You know my background so you know I've had my fair share of tough times (in the sled) but the Canadian program is a credit to my driving ability."
Humphries keeps golden streak alive
Kaillie Humphries and teammate Chelsea Valois kept their gold medal streak alive at the Whistler Sliding Centre on Friday night, winning their third straight World Cup competition. With their three wins at the end of last season, including a win in the World Championship, they have now won six events in a row.
Whether she can keep the streak alive heading to Europe is another question, as she'll be racing on tracks that she doesn't know as well as her competitors.
"I really hope we can keep it going in Europe, but we know it's going to be really hard — but we'll do our best," said Humphries.
Humphries and Valois finished two runs of the course in 1:48.68, followed by the Switzerland 1 sled in 1:49.37 and the Germany 1 sled in 1:49.50. Canada's gap was almost 0.4 seconds after the first run.
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