| Date of Birth:
October 31, 1979
Place of Birth: Ahmadi, Kuwait
Residence: Calgary, AB
Years on National Team:
Although Helen Upperton has been with the Canadian bobsleigh program for four years, it is her breakout season in 2005-06 that has the team buzzing. With four World Cup medals, including a gold at St. Moritz, Switzerland; a pair of silvers at Konigsseee, Germany, and at Igls, Austria; and a bronze on her home track in Calgary, Upperton comes to Turin on a major roll.
Upperton joined the team during the 2002-03 season, after a successful stint at the University of Texas, where she competed in the triple jump. Upon graduation, she moved to Toronto to work as a personal trainer before being recruited to Calgary to try bobsleigh. Fortunately, the constant moving around was not a problem for Upperton, who grew up as the child of parents that worked in the international oil industry.
Helen started out as a brakeman in bobsleigh, but quickly transitioned to pilot during her second season in 2003-04. She turned some heads with an eighth-place finish at the World Championships that season, and kept her development going full-throttle the following season with a pair of Top-10 results.
Upperton's partner for most of the past two years has been Kaille Simundson. Unfortunately, an ankle injury to the brakeman last October opened the door for Heather Moyse to join Upperton on Canada's top team and the two haven't looked back since. Although no decision has been made on who will ride with Upperton at the Games, it's hard to see the coaching staff messing with a winning combination.
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