Kaillie Humphries

Kaillie Humphries

Kaillie started bobsleigh nine years ago at the age of 17, and spent her first four years in the sport as a brakeman on the World Cup circuit, culminating in her being named to the 2006 Olympic Team, and attending those Games.

Following the incredible Olympic experience in Torino, Kaillie quickly emerged as one of the world’s best bobsleigh pilots after moving into the driver’s seat during the 2006-07 season, and made history in 2010 becoming the first Canadian woman to win a gold medal in bobsleigh at the Olympic Winter Games when she dominated the field in record-setting fashion, becoming the first-ever Olympic gold medallist in the sport for Canada at just 24 years of age. She added to the history books last year, where she became the first Canadian woman to win the World Championships, completing a golden sweep of North American stops on the elite circuit: Whistler, Calgary and the World Championships in Lake Placid.

With only a few months of driving under her belt, Kaillie success steering the sled was instant. She was the overall points leader on the Europa Cup in 2006-07, capturing three victories in four races, and settled for a silver medal at the World Junior Championships. In 2008, she advanced onto the World Cup circuit where she captured her first World Cup bronze medal as a pilot en route to finishing fifth overall. She added two silver medals under her belt during her second season in the driver’s seat, but it was in 2010 that she expressed her dominance in the sport setting six start records and two track records around the world while racking up four medals to finish second overall in the World Cup standings.

Formerly an alpine ski racer, Kaillie competed until she was 16 years old. Her dream was to be on the National Team and win an Olympic gold in alpine skiing, but realized she was never quite good enough. However, bobsleigh has allowed her to realize her dreams and she has never looked back.

As a lifetime resident of Calgary, Kaillie has made a commitment to giving back to the community when she is at home during competition breaks and during the off-season. At Christmas time, Kaillie and her family donate time to help feed those less fortunate through a dinner program at the homeless shelter. Kaillie is also an active member with three elementary schools in the Calgary area, Cedarbrae Elementary, Woodbine Elementary, and the Big Rock School (Okotoks). At these schools, Kaillie is a mentor and speaks to students about the importance of setting goals, exercise and saying “No” to drugs.

Career Highlights

Pilot/Pilote

2010 – Olympic Winter Games, Whistler, CAN: 1
2012 – World Championships, Lake Placid, USA: 1
2012 – World Cup, Calgary, CAN: 1
2012 – World Cup, Whistler, CAN: 1
2012 – World Cup, Konigssee, GER: 2
2011 – World Cup, La Plagne, FRA: 1
2012 – Overall World Cup Standings: 5
2011 – World Championships, Konigssee, GER: 3
2009 – World Championships, Lake Placid, USA: 5
2008 – World Championships, Altenberg, GER: 5
2010 – Overall World Cup Standings: 2
2008 – Overall World Cup Standings: 5
2010 – World Cup, Whistler, CAN: 3
2010 – World Cup, Igls, AUT: 3
2010 – World Cup, Königssee, GER: 2
2009 – World Cup, Altenberg, GER: 1
2009 – World Cup, Lake Placid, USA: 3
2009 – World Cup, Whistler, CAN: 2
2009 – World Cup, Park City, USA: 2
2007 – World Cup, Lake Placid, USA: 3
2007– Overall Europa Cup Standings: 1
2007 – World Junior Championships: 2
2007 – Europa Cup, Igls, AUT: 1
2007 – Europa Cup, Cesana, ITA: 1
2007 – Europa Cup, Winterberg, GER: 1

Brakeman/Frein

2006 – World Junior Championships: 2
2003 – World Championships, Königssee, GER: 8
2005 – World Cup, Cortina, ITA: 4
2004 – World Cup, Calgary, CAN: 8 (Set Canadian Push Record)

Emily Baadsvik

Emily Baadsvik

After watching the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, and with the encouragement of past Canadian bobsleigh athlete Morgan Alexander, Emily was inspired to attend a National Identification Camp in August 2010. It’s hard to imagine just a short time later she would be sliding with the same person that inspired her.

It was a steep learning curve to be paired with the 2010 Olympic Gold medalist Kaillie Humphries. Hard work and determination paved the way for team Humphries most successful season. Together we achieved five of the seven medals, including two golds!

Each track brings new experiences, and as the season continues, her confidence grows each day. This 2012-2013 season, Emily would like to thank a number of people who have helped her: Northwest Upgrading, The Plaza Group, Johnston’s Holistix, Genuine health, Ascenta, Stantec, her parents and friends.

A high-performance rugby player, Emily moved to Calgary in 2006 to try out for the national team. An injury set her back, but she did play for Team Alberta and with the Calgary Canadian Irish Athletic Club in 2007-2009. She made her return to rugby this year playing half the season of 2011 with the Calgary Hornets. Emily loves rugby and it is her passion the athleticism, camaraderie, and raw talent the sport encompasses.

Outside of sport, Emily enjoys cooking, eating delicious food, being an artist, watching shows like Glee and Dexter, and spending time with her friends and family.
Emily has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Allison University, and plans to work in sport once she is finished her career as an athlete.

Career Highlights

2012 – World Cup, Whistler, CAN: 1
2012 – World Cup, Konigssee, GER: 2
2012 – World Cup, St. Moritz, SUI: 4
2012 – World Cup, La Plagne, FRA: 1
2011 – America’s Cup, Lake Placid, USA: 7
2011 – America’s Cup, Calgary, CAN: 2
2011 – America’s Cup, Lake Placid, USA: 7
2011 – America’s Cup, Calgary, CAN: 2

Chelsea Valois

Chelsea Valois

Chelsea is making her debut on Canada’s Bobsleigh Team after being encouraged by a few of her track and field teammates at the University of Regina to give the sport a try. Chelsea made an immediate impact. She posted push-test results that equaled some of Canada’s best-ever rookie results in her first camp. As a reulst, Chelsea decided to park her pursuit of completing a degree in Actuarial Science in order to chase a newfound Olympic dream.
Success in sports is not new to Chelsea. She specialized in the pentathlon on the University of Regina’s Track and Field squad. She also focuses on the heptathlon when competing in outdoor track.
Chelsea grew up on a farm in Zenon Park, Sask. with four brothers and one sister. When not playing sports she enjoys camping, quading, and spending time with family and friends.

Career Highlights

- 2011 CIS Gold Medalist in Pentathlon (and University of Regina record holder)
- 2011 President’s Award Recipient, University of Regina
- 2011- Part of the 4x200m relay University of Regina Record holder
- Total of 10 track and field conference medals and 2 CIS medals with University of – Regina Cougars
- 2009 Competed in the Heptathlon at the America’s Combined Events Cup in Havana, Cuba
- 2009 Canada Summer Games Silver Medalist in Heptathlon