February 19, 2014 2:14 pm
Updated: February 19, 2014 2:24 pm

Canada wins gold in women’s bobsled at Sochi Olympics

Canada-1 two-woman bobsleigh pilot Kaillie Humphries and brakewoman Heather Moyse celebrate in the Women's Bobsleigh Heat 4 and final run at the Sliding Center Sanki during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 19, 2014.

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It all came down to the final run.

After three heats, all that separated Canada’s Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse from Team U.S.A.’s Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams was 11 hundredths of a second.

And Canada was up to the challenge, successfully defending their gold medal from Vancouver.

The Americans were leading at the end of Tuesday’s heats, but Canada had a great third heat, finishing 0.12 seconds faster than the Americans.

The Canada 1 sled finished 0.21 seconds ahead of the Americans in the final run, for a combined time of 3:50.61. The U.S. had rough third and fourth runs and got a combined time of 3:50.71 over all four heats. The Americans had set a track record in their first heat, which put pressure on the Canadian team.

A second American sled took the bronze.

The second Canadian sled, Jennifer Ciochetti and Chelsea Valois, finished in 13th place, with a combined time of 3:54.49.

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