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Why Kaillie Humphries is the world’s best bobsledder

Stephanie Myles
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Kaillie Humphries at the World Cup race in Germany last month. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

And you thought bobsleigh was all about a little pushing, a little sliding?

Look at Canada's best female bobsledder – the world's best – Kaillie Humphries do this.

Checking in at 1,70 m and 77 kilos, Humphries back-squats 150 kilos.

 

"Bobsleigh is different than most sports. We train like the Olympic weightlifters do, but also like the Olympic sprinters. So a lot of what we do is a combo of both. You have to be super strong, but also very explosive and very fast," she told the CBC.

Here she is showing off some of her lifting routines.

Among them are "power cleans" - an Olympic weightlifting move, with 200-pound weights. Humphries said it's good for explosive forward thrust movements, and about getting it going from a static position as quickly you can.

She added that a lot of what they do is low volume - sets of 1-2-3 repetitions at maximum weight.

For agility, Humphries uses 25-pound weights, thrown and caught about 20 times, which activates the core.

Humphries, 28, goes into the Sochi Olympics on a roll, having won her second straight women's World Cup bobsleigh overall title in Germany just last week.

Had Humphries — the Olympic champion and now a two-time overall World Cup winner — gone 0.03 second slower in that final race, American Elana Meyers would have won the overall title.

Maybe that was because of an extra 10-15 reps in the gym, on any given day.

A huge favorite for the top step of the podium in Sochi, Humphries and brakeman (brakewoman?) Heather Moyse won gold together at the 2010 Games in Vancouver.

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