Second Olympic gold still sinking in for Kaillie Humphries
Marlene Leung, CTVNews,ca
Published Friday, February 28, 2014 9:19AM EST
Two-time Olympic champion bobsledder Kaillie Humphries always knew she would win gold one day at the Olympic Games and so did her mom.
Back when Humphries was just seven years old, she told her family about her Olympic dream.
"We were sitting around the dinner table and she jumped up on top of her chair and she announced to the family that she was going to win an Olympic gold medal," Humphries mother, Cheryl Simundson, told CTV's Canada AM.
Simundson said that the family always supported Humphries' Olympic ambition and recognized early on that she was serious.
"We knew she was different because instead of going to parties she would train," she said.
And Humphries delivered on that promise not once, but twice -- at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and earlier this month at the Sochi Games.
The 28-year-old Calgary native says her gold-medal winning performance in Sochi still hasn't fully sunken in for her and teammate Heather Moyse.
"The welcome home reception has been absolutely amazing and astounding, and each day that goes by it really sinks in a little bit more," she said. "Canada's been so awesome, just travelling around … everybody has congratulations and 'thank-yous' and high-fives all around. It's been great."
Humphries and Moyse took the top spot on the podium in Sochi after an exciting final that saw the pair beat a tough U.S. team by 11/100ths of a second.
"I was really proud of how Heather and I had handled the whole situation. We were super focused and determined, we knew we had to be. The Americans were super tough," she said. "They were a very hard challenge and it did come down to the bitter end."
To round out their Sochi experience, both Humphries and Moyse were asked to carry the Canadian flag during the closing ceremonies – an experience Humphries says was an "honour."
"It's been a dream of mine, it really has, anytime as an athlete you get to carry that flag and be proud of who you are and where you come from," she said. "Being chosen to carry that flag and represent the team as a whole… it was an amazing feeling."
Getting the call
Humphries shared the story of how she got the call asking her to carry the flag.
While doing media interviews in Sochi, she received a call from Canada's chef de mission, Steve Podborski.
"As soon as he called, I thought I pocket-dialled him," she said, with a laugh. "Then he told me, and I was so excited I screamed for a second."
Now Humphries is trying to accomplish a new dream – making an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Earlier this week she took to Twitter to announce her goal.
As of Friday morning her tweet had been retweeted more than 1,000 times.
She admits it might be a bit of a long shot, but it's worth a try.
"How cool would it be to get on The Ellen Show?" she said. "So since winning (in Sochi), it's been one of those things – you don't know until you try."