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Posted: Sep 1, 4:39p ET | Updated: Feb 20, 4:57p ET

Speaking with Kaillie Humphries

What's it like being married to a fellow bobsled athlete?

It's got its ups and it's definitely got its downs, too. You trade off. I've got my number one support fan with me on tour so that's really nice. On days you need a hug or you a cuddle or you just need time with that person, I've got them there. But on the negative side, you've got them with you all the time and anybody that's ever worked with a loved one, it's hard and it's got its challenges... He's the first person that gets dumped on if I had a bad day, a stressful day. And he's the first person that kind of gets the backlash if I'm really mad at somebody or just general stuff. So it goes both ways, but I wouldn't trade it for anything.

How did you and Dan meet?

He and his team came over to Calgary to train with the track there... I'm born and raised there so I'm always there. He's super cute lookin' and he's got that sweet accent that I love so... it was hard to say no.

Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse during training at the Whistler World Cup.
Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse during training at the Whistler World Cup.

How much confidence did you gain from finishing second at the Whistler World Cup on the Olympic track?

The Whistler World Cup did a lot for me. I overcame a lot at that race. It was my first race after my very first crash in a World Cup race - I was in second in St. Moritz and then crashed. I thought St. Moritz was going to be my breakout race and it definitely wasn't. It was by far my worst. So having to overcome a crash and being able to come back in Whistler, being second after the first run and being able to put down another run and finish second was really good. It mentally was a huge thing. Being able to do it on Whistler on the Olympic track was an awesome feeling.

How tough was it to be in Torino in 2006, but not get to compete in the Games?

Being the spare was the worst feeling ever. It was so hard. You are so close to your Olympic dream and everything and you can't do anything about it. You're there, you get the jacket, you get the tightie, you get everything, but you're not competing and you're watching all these other people achieve their goals and you have to watch it. You have to sit there. I did all the training runs. I got to do everything else. I just didn't get to compete on the race day and it really sucked and that really is the hardest thing I've had to do... Looking back at it now, as hard as it was and as much as I still struggle with it, it pushed me in a different direction and I don't think I would have become a bobsleigh pilot if it weren't for that point in my life... So I'm very grateful for that turning point in my career.

Did that one moment make you decide to become a driver?

I became a driver pretty much solely on that one specific moment. It was at the end of the Games. I was devastated, I was destroyed, I was at the lowest I could possibly be and I could never be in that position again... I didn't have control at the Games and I hated that. I couldn't stand it and I had to choose.

What is your relationship with Helen Upperton like now?

We're still teammates. Yes, there is a rivalry. We compete for Canada, but we're also kind of competing against each other. But I think it's a healthy rivalry and I think it really pushes both of us to be better because of it. She is a very strong pilot. I feel I'm a very strong pilot. I'm kind of an up-and-comer and I'm doing everything to make sure that I beat her and I know she's doing everything to make sure she consistently beats me and I think its pushing both of us to be at the top of our game all the time and to be the best in the world. And it's good.

Compare bobsled to ski racing.

I'm better at bobsleigh, so I enjoy bobsleigh more. That was why I left ski racing. I was never going to be like my idols.... I was never going to go to the Games and that's always been my goal since I was a kid was to win an Olympic medal and that wasn't going to happen in skiing. So I had to switch sports and bobsleigh was the first thing that I tried. I'm not petite, I'm not exactly the smallest girl out there. I've got huge legs and a big [butt] and I'm okay with that so I had to pick something that incorporated those two things. I wanted to try speed skating really bad and I really wanted to do bobsleigh and bobsleigh was the first thing that I did. So that's how I ended up here...and I've just kind of stuck.

How did you become such a big country music fan?

I grew up in Calgary, born and raised. I am a country girl, horseback riding, everything... You grow up to it and you just love it. It's in me. Country music is by far my favorite. I think I'm like the only person on our team that loves it and I can only really listen to it when I'm by myself or in my headphones, because no one else likes it, but that's okay. Fine. I'm starting to turn people... Dan hated it when we first started dating. Killed him. And now he'll be singing the songs and he'll be like, "I know the words." And I'm like, "Yeah, ya do." It's awesome.

Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, or Brad Paisley?

Tim McGraw.

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