Canada's Kaillie Humphries earns women's bobsled bronze with Phylicia George

Kaillie Humphries left the last two Olympics with gold medals around her neck.

The Canadian bobsled great says departing the Pyeongchang Games sporting a bronze will feel just as good.

Humphries won her third Olympic medal Wednesday, clocking a four-run time of three minutes 22.89 seconds with brakeman Phylicia George to finish third in the women's race.

The two-time defending gold medallist from 2010 and 2014, Humphries sat a disappointing fifth following Tuesday's first two heats only to fight her way on to the podium 24 hours later.

"Each experience of the Games is completely different,'' she said. ``This medal is extremely special. This one's probably the most personal one for me, the most emotional.

"I know how hard Phylicia and I have really had to work and how hard our team has had to work to get to this position, and we earned the bronze tonight.''

Germany's Mariama Jamanka, who had never won an international race of any significance, and Lisa Buckwitz took gold in 3:22.45. Americans Elana Meyers Taylor and Lauren Gibbs were second in 3:22.52.

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

Moyse, 39, retired after 2014 only to rejoin 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.

"I'm thrilled,'' said Moyse, clutching a beer while chatting with reporters. "I have zero regrets for this year at all.''

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

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