Helen Upperton captured the two-women national title at the 2007 Visa Canadian Bobsleigh Championships at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary on Saturday
Upperton teamed up with brakeman Jenny Ciochetti, of Edmonton, to put down the fastest two-run combined time of the evening in the womens race at one minute 54.70 seconds. The Canadian duo crossed the finish line with run times of 57.20 and 57.50.
With Ciochetti and Jaime Cruickshank splitting time on the brakes in the Canada 1 sled last season, Upperton drove to three World Cup podium finishes en route to finishing fourth overall in the 2006-07 World Cup standings.
“It is always fun to race at home, and we have a good group of women racing in Canada which makes the competition strong,” said Upperton, who is pre-selected for the national team. “I think it is important to race in these events. It gives us an extra couple of runs early in the season, and allows us to test different equipment before the World Cup begins.”