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02/21/2018 08:49 EST | Updated 02/21/2018 09:33 EST

Kaillie Humphries, Phylicia George Wins Bronze In Women's Two-Man Bobsled

Veteran bobsledder takes another Olympic medal home.

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Kaillie Humphries and Phylicia George of Canada celebrate their bronze medal.

Canada's Kaillie Humphries won her third Olympic medal on Wednesday with a bronze in women's bobsled at the Pyeongchang Winter Games.

The two-time defending Olympic gold medallist from 2010 and 2014 raced to a time of three minutes 22.89 seconds with brakeman Phylicia George.

Germany's Mariama Jamanka and Lisa Buckwitz won gold in 3:22.45.

Elana Meyers Taylor, who finished second behind Humphries in 2014, and Lauren Gibbs of the U.S. were second in 3:22.52.

Edmonton's Alysia Rissling and Heather Moyse of Summerside, P.E.I. — the brakeman for Humphries at the 2010 and 2014 Games — finished sixth in 3:23.63.

Christine de Bruin of Stony Plain, Alta., and Melissa Lotholz of Barrhead, Alta., seventh in 3:23.89.

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Canada's Kaillie Humphries and Phylicia George hug after winning bronze in the two-man bobsled.

Humphries was fifth after Tuesday's first two heats, 0.04 seconds off the podium and 0.34 seconds back of first at an Olympic Sliding Centre that has produced a number of incredibly close results at these Games.

Humphries, a 32-year-old from Calgary and George, a 30-year-old two-time summer Olympian from Markham, Ont., slid to a time of 50.52 seconds in the Wednesday's third heat to climb into a podium position, 0.34 seconds back of second and 0.37 seconds adrift of first.

Humphries and Geroge posted a fourth-run time of 50.77 seconds to stand first briefly before falling back to third after Meyers Taylor and Jamanka both completed their final runs.

It's the second bobsled medal for Canada in Pyeongchang. Justin Kripps and Alex Kopacz raced Germany's Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis to a stunning gold-medal tie in the two-man bobsled Monday when both sleds produced combined four-run times of 3:16.86.

Humphries led from start to finish eight years ago at the Olympics in Vancouver and Whistler, B.C., and battled back after sitting second through two heats to overtake Meyers Taylor at the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia.

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Kaillie Humphries and Phylicia George of Canada celebrate in the finish area during the women's bobsled event.

Humphries came to Pyeongchang with 48 career World Cup medals, including three victories and two second-place finishes this season to claim her fourth overall title.

She was fifth last March at a test event on the same track with Lotholz.

Moyse retired in 2014, forcing Humphries to find a new brakeman ahead of the 2018 Olympics.

She split time this season between Lotholz and George, who competed in track and field at both the 2012 and 2016 Games, before settling on the latter.

Moyse, 39, rejoined the national team program in September, but the plan seemed to always be for her to push for one of Canada's younger pilots in South Korea.

The men's four-man bobsled race goes Saturday and Sunday.

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