Kaillie Humphries, Heather Moyse

Kaillie Humphries keeps U.S. from winning everything in Lake Placid

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Canada spoiled a potential U.S. bobsled and skeleton weekend sweep.

Olympic and world champion Kaillie Humphries also kept Elana Meyers from a three-race World Cup winning streak, taking the Lake Placid World Cup two-woman bobsled in a two-run time of 1 minute, 53.66 seconds on Saturday.

Meyers, with push athlete Lauryn Williams, was second and .12 of a second behind. Americans Jamie Greubel and Katie Eberling were third, followed by Jazmine Fenlator and Emily Azevedo.

The Canadian Humphries bounced back after finishing seventh in Park City, Utah, last week, her worst World Cup result in nearly two years. She dominated the World Cup tour last season, winning six of nine races.

Did that seventh last week inspire her?

“I don’t know if inspire’s the right word, but it definitely fueled the fire for sure,” Humphries said.

Meyers, an Olympic bronze medalist, broke through early this season with two wins in Park City after taking second to Humphries in the season opener at Calgary, Alberta.

Humphries broke the track record in her first run, which was .02 of a second faster than Meyers. Meyers and the three-time Olympic sprinter Williams made an error near the start in their second run to give Humphries a cushion.

“I made some major mistakes that cost us,” Meyers said. “We’ve got to clean those mistakes up. Lauryn did a great job pushing me. I need to follow it up with a good drive. Kaillie definitely deserved the medal today.”

Meyers kept her World Cup overall lead. She and Greubel are the only drivers to make the podium in all four races this season.

The U.S. had won the first four events of the Lake Placid World Cup on Friday and Saturday and was in the running to become the first nation to sweep a World Cup stop since Germany in Altenberg, Germany, in December 2008.

The women’s bobsled World Cup continues in January in Winterberg, Germany.

Lake Placid Women’s Bobsled
1. Kaillie Humphries/Heather Moyse (CAN) 1:53.66
2. Elana Meyers/Lauryn Williams (USA) 1:53.78
3. Jamie Greubel/Katie Eberling (USA) 1:54.00
4. Jazmine Fenlator/Emily Azevedo (USA) 1:54.07

Historic sweep in men’s bobsled

Sam Girard, Olympic short track champion, surprisingly retires at age 22

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Sam Girard, who avoided a three-skater pileup to win the PyeongChang Olympic 1000m, retired from short track speed skating at age 22, saying he lost the desire to compete.

“I leave my sport satisfied with what I have accomplished,” Girard said in a press release. “This decision was very well thought through. I am at peace with the choice that I’ve made and am ready to move onto the next step.”

Girard and girlfriend and fellow Olympic skater Kasandra Bradette announced their careers end together in a tearful French-language press conference in Quebec on Friday.

Girard detailed the decision in a letter, the sacrifices made to pursue skating. Notably, moving from his hometown of Ferland-et-Boilleau, population 600, to Montreal in 2012. His hobbies had been of the outdoor variety, but he now had to drive an hour and a half from the training center just to go fishing.

In PyeongChang, Girard led for most of the 1000m final, which meant he avoided chaos behind him on the penultimate lap of the nine-lap race. Hungarian Liu Shaolin Sandor‘s inside pass took out South Koreans Lim Hyo-Jun and Seo Yi-Ra, leaving just Girard and American John-Henry Krueger.

Girard maintained his lead, crossing .214 in front of Krueger to claim the title. He also finished fourth in the 500m and 1500m and earned bronze in the relay.

“My first Olympics, won a gold medal, can’t ask for more,” he said afterward.

Though Girard was already accomplished — earning individual silver medals at the 2016 and 2017 Worlds — he came to PyeongChang as the heir apparent to Charles Hamelin, a roommate on the World Cup circuit whom Girard likened to a big brother. Girard earned another world silver medal this past season.

Hamelin, after taking individual gold in 2010 and 2014, left PyeongChang without an individual medal in what many expected to be his last Olympics. However, he went back on a retirement vow and continued to skate through the 2018-19 season.

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Maia, Alex Shibutani extend break from ice dance competition

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Brother-sister ice dance duo Maia and Alex Shibutani will not compete next season, the Olympic bronze medalists announced via U.S. Figure Skating on Friday.

“We’re healthier and stronger than we were after the Olympics, and we’re continuing to push ourselves,” Maia Shibutani said in a press release.

“We’ve continued to skate a lot, and we feel like we’ve benefited from some time away to create in different environments and focus on experiences that can help us grow,” Alex said.

The “Shib Sibs” won the U.S. title in 2016 and 2017. They won their first world medal in 2011 (bronze) before reaching the world podium again in 2016 and 2017 with silver and bronze, respectively.

They most recently competed at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, where they earned bronze both individually and in the team event.

Maia and Alex Shibutani are now the second ice dance medalists from PyeongChang to announce they’ll sit out at least part of next season. Gold medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada will tour instead this fall and are not expected to return to competition.

The siblings haven’t stayed away from the ice entirely in their break from the sport, though — they’ve also been touring and performing in shows.

The Shibutanis became the second set of siblings to earn Olympic ice dance medals after France’s Isabelle and Paul Duchesnay in 1992.

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