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Bobsled driver Kaillie Humphries works out at the Winter Sport Institute in Calgary, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

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Bobsled pilot Kaillie Humphries has capped a standout season by winning the 2014 Lou Marsh Award.

Humphries is the first bobsledder to win the honour.

The 29-year-old from Calgary became the first woman bobsledder to win back to back Olympic gold when captured her second Olympic title in Sochi. She carried Canada's flag along with brakeman Heather Moyse into the closing ceremonies.

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A month earlier, Humphries had claimed her second consecutive overall World Cup title for Canada.

Women's tennis player Eugenie Bouchard, men's tennis player Milos Raonic, Los Angeles Kings defenceman Drew Doughty and lacrosse star Johnny Powless were the other award finalists.

Along with her two Olympic gold medals, Humphries, who is competing this week at a World Cup in Lake Placid, N.Y., has captured 28 World Cup medals and seven world championship medals.

Humphries, who grew up as a competitive ski racer but switched sports after breaking a leg in two separate accidents, continues to push the boundaries of bobsledding.

She'll pilot a Canadian four-man team in what would have been the men's competition on the World Cup circuit this season. She has long lobbied for the chance to race against men, and the International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation decided this year to make the four-man event gender neutral.

Humphries piloted a crew of herself and three male athletes in five races this season to qualify for the World Cup circuit.

Calgary Stampeders running back Jon Cornish won last year's award.

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The trophy is awarded annually to Canada's top athlete as selected by representatives of Canada's leading news organizations.

It's named after a former Toronto Star sports editor.

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