Canada's Kaillie Humphries wins women's bobsled World Cup
Kaillie Humphries and Melissa Lotholz compete during the women's Bobsled World Cup competition in St. Moritz, Switzerland, on Feb. 6, 2016. (Urs Flueeler / Keystone via AP)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, February 26, 2016 1:11PM EST
Last Updated Saturday, February 27, 2016 8:54AM EST
KOENIGSSEE, Germany -- Olympic champion Kaillie Humphries clinched the women's bobsled World Cup overall title after coming second to Elana Meyers Taylor of the United States in the final race of the season on Friday.
Meyers Taylor and partner Kehri Jones trailed Humphries by 0.03 seconds after the first run but beat the Canadian and her brakeman Melissa Lotholz by the same margin on aggregate time at the end of the second heat. Germany's Anja Schneiderheinze took third, 0.22 seconds behind the winner.
Humphries earned the overall title with 1,720 points. Jamie Greubel Poser of the United States, who was sixth on the day, took second place in the season standings with 1,628. Christina Hengster of Austria was third at 1,546.
"To win the overall title is a great feeling especially knowing we were never off the podium all year regardless of our finish position," said the 30-year-old Humphries. "Melissa progressed a lot this year and really stepped it up. We are going in the right direction with what we want to achieve and that is great."
It was the 37th career World Cup medal for Humphries, who won Olympic gold with Heather Moyse in 2010 and 2014. It was the ninth straight podium in as many races for the Calgary pilot with Lotholz.
"It is a little bittersweet. I'm not happy leading after the first run and then finishing second, but I'm not upset with the result either," Humphries said. "This is a starters track and we definitely got out-started today. It is great that when you finish second you know there is room to improve. The start will be our No. 1 focus this summer and we will work hard to get faster."
Lotholz, from Barrhead, Alta., called it an "absolutely amazing year."
"I can't even process it at times," she said. "It has taken an entire community to get us to this point -- from our teammates, support staff, coaches and the federation -- so this is a Globe that we are sharing with all of Canada. It is a process to get to the point where you are the team to beat. Hats off to Kaillie. She has taught me how to be an athlete and how to manage being the team to beat.
"Looking over the last year, I'm just so happy with how far we've progressed."
Meyers Taylor, meanwhile, crashed on the same course in January 2015 and missed four races this season with lingering symptoms of the concussion she suffered then. In three of the four races she took part in, the American made the podium.
"This was a super exciting way to end the season," Meyers Taylor said. "To come back and to win on this track, it's a huge monkey lifted off my back."
"It's a huge deal to come back feeling healthy, and it was harder mentally than I imagined. I just wanted to put together two consistent runs, and I wasn't thinking about winning," she said.
With files from The Associated Press.