Winter Games Athletes
A leading medal contender in Sochi, Humphries became the first Canadian woman to win Olympic bobsleigh gold in 2010 with brakeman Heather Moyse. The duo broke the start record twice and the Whistler Sliding Centre track record three times in becoming the first Canadians - male or female - to win bobsled gold since 1964. Humphries enters these Olympics as one of the world's hottest drivers after winning the overall women's World Cup title this season. After becoming world champion in February 2012 teaming with Jennifer Ciochetti, Humphries, in tandem with Chelsea Valois, racked up a run of six consecutive World Cup successes, and repeated as a world champion in January 2013. She started bobsleigh at the age of 17 and spent her first four years as a brakeman on the World Cup circuit, culminating in her being named to the 2006 Olympics, although she never got to compete. Humphries won her first medal as a pilot in December 2007 and finished fifth at the 2008 world championships. Her husband, Dan, has competed in bobsled since 2007 and represented Great Britain at the 2006 Olympics. Humphries made a deal with her parents when she was 12 that if she made a national team, they would all get a maple leaf tattoo. They followed through.