US Women’s Bobsled Team Gets Historic World Championship Win!
USA, we’ve got a bobsled team (cue the Cool Runnings film instrumental)!
It’s not just any bobsled team, it’s an historic team of Kaillie Humphries and Lolo Jones.
NBC Sports reports that “Kaillie Humphries becomes the first four-time world champion in two-woman bobsled and Lolo Jones earns her first world title in an Olympic event program as they win the 2021 bobsled world championship by .35 of a second” .
Humphries has competed with Team Canada, winning two Olympic gold medals, an Olympic bronze medal, and multiple FIBT (Fédération Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing per Olympic.org) top 5 finishes.
In 2019, NBC Sports reported that Humphries was “released by Canada to bobsled for (the) U.S.”
She was joined by former USA Track & Field sprinter Jones, who was a “2014 USA Outdoor bronze medalist (12.65), 2008 Olympic Trials champion (12.29), Three-time USA Indoor champion – 2007 (7.88); 2008 (7.88); 2009 (7.84), Two-time World Indoor champion – 2008 (7.80); 2010 (7.72), (and the) Indoor 60m American record holder (7.72)” per Team USATF.
Jones took up the sport of bobsledding as, according to Team USA, she “was recruited to bobsled after running track in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games”.
Now known as the IBSF (International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation per the IBSF), the IBSF World Championships 2-woman bobsled event was where Humphries and Jones finished first in Altenberg, Germany. There were four runs that resulted in the total 3:48.26 winning time!
Here are the official results of the four runs:
- Run 1: 56.40
- Run2: 56.54
- Run 3: 57.45
- Run 4: 57.87
What makes this win even more special for Humphries is that, according to USA Today: “Humphries drove to the title in a sled equipped with runners that were owned by Steven Holcomb, the former world and Olympic champion who died nearly four years ago. ‘A big portion of this was for him, too,’ Humphries said, talking through her tears moments after winning the title. This feels great.'”
Congrats to the Humphries, Jones tandem that crushed it, going super fast down ice and claiming first place!
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