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  • December 30, 2016 12:50 AM PST

    TORONTO -- She has successfully defended her Olympic gold medal and plans to compete in the 2018 Games, but Kaillie Humphries still has her sights set on achieving yet another goal in bobsleigh: having women take part in the four-man competition. DeVante Parker Dolphins Jersey . Humphries said she plans to make a proposal this summer to her sports international governing body. The Calgary athlete hopes to help lead the charge by seeking to train and compete with men as the pilot of a four-person sled. "Women dont have four-man -- yet," Humphries said in an interview Friday, sporting her gold medals from the Vancouver and Sochi Olympics. "Were in a situation where women for a lot of years in our sport have always been told that were not as good a pilot, or were not as strong. And I think were at a point where women are proving now that we are just as good.... Were competing on the same level. And so its got to start somewhere. "Were still very much an all-boys club, and were still fairly new," she added, noting that women first competed in Olympic bobsleigh at the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City. "But at the same time, youve got the chicken and the egg. Youre not going to get more girls coming in unless you have more events. At the same time, theyre saying you cant have more events until you have more girls." Humphries said if women arent allowed to start competing in four-man bobsleigh, then maybe she can "join the guys." "Ill definitely have to have three men behind me in order to be competitive at all, but I feel like that could be a start and a step in a right direction towards encouraging women to come out to the sport, which will hopefully raise the profile a little bit more. And from there, we can hopefully get four-man started (for women)." The 28-year-old acknowledged that it will be an uphill climb, saying shell have to attend driving school and qualify "just like any other mens team would," adhering to both the Canadian system and international rules. "It will be a long process, it will be a hard one, one that I know Im going to get a few battles over and slack over for sure -- but one that Im willing to face. "I feel like Im a great person to at least get the ball rolling. Whether itll happen while Im still in sport, I dont know -- but its got to start somewhere." So could Humphries foreseeably see herself piloting both two-man and four-man sleds in the future? "I wouldnt go forward with it if I wasnt super passionate about it and didnt see it happening," she said. "Its just whether the federation and everybody else is ready for that to take flight yet. So thats what Ive got to do my best to convince people of." Humphries is still revelling in the golden glow of earning back-to-back Olympic titles with brakeman Heather Moyse of Summerside, P.E.I. The duo capped off their victory with yet another honour: being chosen as Canadas flag bearers for the closing ceremony. Humphries mom, Cheryl Simundson, was able to attend the Games as part of the "Thank You, Mom" program spearheaded by Procter & Gamble Co., which sponsors the bobsleigh champion. The program honours the role mothers play in helping children achieve their dreams. Simundson became emotional recalling the nail-biting two-minute wait to see Americans Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams complete their run following the Canadian team. In the end, Humphries and Moyse eked out a victory by a tenth of a second. "We knew that it was close. We knew that they had finished their fourth run and that it was possible, that it was up to Elana to take it or lose it," Simundson recalled, as her eyes began to fill with tears. "It was all about consistency. At that moment, we knew that they had done their best." Humphries admitted the pressures were greater heading into the Sochi Games, but said she couldnt approach the event any differently than other competitions. "I try and keep all my races as simple as possible," she said. "I push as hard as I can and I drive that track the very best that I can, and all my energy and focus goes into that. "If I think about it as the Olympics and your life is built up to this, four years is about this moment its too much." As has become customary, the heavily tattooed athlete plans to add new ink in commemoration of her Sochi victory just as she did after Vancouver. She plans to have a design of her newest medal tattooed with art from Sochi blended into one piece. Despite thriving under the intense spotlight of competition, Humphries admitted carrying Canadas flag with Moyse at the closing ceremony was fraught with a fresh set of jitters. While no one offered any guidance on how to carry the colours, she recalled a tip she received from British flag bearer Lizzy Yarnold that didnt quite work out as planned. "She said: I think you wave it like a figure eight. So I started doing that as I walked out, and I started hitting other peoples flags and I was like: This is an epic fail. OK, dont do that. Thanks, Lizzy," Humphries recalled, laughing. Still, the moment in Fisht Stadium was one to remember. "To know that we had our whole country behind us that just completely supported us and to hear it and to feel it from back home ... it was unbelievable." Humphries said while her biggest goal now is "just trying to live in the moment," her plan is to compete at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, with hopes of once again piloting to victory -- and the top of the podium. "Of course, if Im going in, Im going all in, 100 per cent. It will be sights set on another gold medal. "I cant do things halfway because I know its going to be that much harder. I mean, two is hard, but three, its really unbelievable, and again, never been done." Jason Taylor Dolphins Jersey . There is no argument that the line of Pacioretty, David Desharnais and Thomas Vanek was one of the hottest in the NHL leading into the post-season, and they did combine for three goals and seven points, but it was the depth of all four lines that helped propel Montreal. Ryan Tannehill Dolphins Jersey . Jim Leyland, in his eighth playoffs, has never had a starting rotation he trusts as much as the grouping of Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, Anibal Sanchez and Doug Fister.TAMPA, Fla. - The Tampa Bay Lightning entered the All-Star break on a positive note.Alex Killorn had two goals, Valtteri Filppula added a goal and an assist, and the Lightning took over the top spot in the Eastern Conference with a 4-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night.Theyve done everything weve asked, said Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper.Brian Boyle also scored for the Lightning, who lead the idle New York Islanders by one point in the East. Ben Bishop stopped 27 shots in Tampa Bays eighth straight home win.Were definitely comfortable at home, Lightning defenceman Jason Garrison said.Tampa Bay kept the Canucks off the scoreboard on seven power plays, including a pair of 5-on-3s.Clearly, the penalty kill saved us, Cooper said. Outstanding.The Lightning were 0 for 5 with the man advantage.Vancouver got 22 saves from Ryan Miller. Frank Corrado ruined Bishops shutout bid at 8:09 of the third. Miller had his chance for a third consecutive shutout end late in the third period of Monday nights 2-1 win at Florida.The Canucks completed a five-game trip at 3-2.The boys gave it everything they could, Miller said. Im pretty proud of the way they responded on this trip. Well get some rest here, and hopefully that attitude and that willingness to compete and grind will be there when we get back.Filppula opened the scoring with 6:28 left in the second after skating into the low slot from the left circle and redirecting Steven Stamkos pass in the net.After Killorn scored just 11 seconds into the third from the right circle, Boyle made it 3-0 at 4:16. Andre Branch Dolphins Jersey. Brett Connolly ended a 58-game assist drought and Brendan Morrow got his first point in 19 games with assists on Boyles goal.We were in a good position there in the third, Miller said. Im disappointed not to get a save for the guys, keeping it close in the third. Its frustrating not to keep it closer.Killorn added an empty-netter with 2:26 to play.Bishop made a nice save on Radim Vrbata midway through the second.Vancouver went without a shot for the opening 14:35 and finished the first period with four. The Canucks had just one shot during the third period of Mondays game with Florida.Miller made saves on quality chances by Nikita Kucherov and Stamkos during the initial seven minutes of the first. He also stopped Ryan Callahans wraparound 5 minutes into the second.The game was there for us to win, Vancouver centre Henrik Sedin said. I dont think they played their best game and we didnt play our best game, but we had enough chances on the power play to win on the power play. So that lost us the game.NOTES: Stamkos entered on a streak of no assists in nine games. The Lightning captain scored six goals over the period. ... Bishop is 4-0 against Vancouver. ... Miller is 20-10 against the Lightning. ... Tampa Bay D Matt Carle will miss six to eight weeks with a torn muscle in his abdomen. He was hurt in Thursdays game against Edmonton. ... Vancouver RW Brad Richardson missed his second straight game due to a lower body injury. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '