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BEIJING — Americans Kaillie Humphries and Elana Meyers Taylor have become the first women to win a medal – gold and silver respectively – in the inaugural Olympic monobob event.
Canadian Christine de Bruin won bronze.
This is not the first time that Humphries and Meyers Taylor have shared the podium. The duo have already won three medals in the two-man bobsleigh event since the Vancouver Games in 2010. The Beijing Winter Games are their fourth appearance at the Olympics.
This is Humphries’ first Olympics representing Team USA. The 36-year-old previously competed and won medals for Canada but left following a harassment complaint against the country’s bobsleigh and skeleton team. She previously won Team Canada gold in the two-woman bobsleigh event in 2010 and 2014 and bronze for the same event at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.
Meyers Taylor, 37, won silver in 2018 and 2014 and won bronze at the Vancouver Games in 2010, also for the two-man bobsleigh event.
Humphries was the favorite leading into the competition after winning the 2021 Monobob World Championship in Altenberg, Germany. She maintained her best performances during the two days of competition. She had the two fastest runs on Sunday at the National Sliding Center in Yanqing.
On Monday, Humphries finished her race with a total time of 4:19.27.
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Meyers Taylor was running fourth heading into Monday’s competition. But in posting the fastest start time of the final round — 5.62 seconds — she passed Canadian de Bruin. A final run put her just behind Humphries with a total time of 4:20.81.
Meyers Taylor’s achievement is all the more remarkable as she nearly lost her ability to fully compete in the Beijing Olympics. She tested positive for COVID-19 shortly after arriving in Beijing and was placed in solitary confinement. She eventually tested positive after days in her hotel room.