For Kaillie Humphries, this is a win unlike any other.
At the end of a forgettable week, Humphries won the women’s monobob race on Saturday, doing so less than 48 hours after she completed a 12,000-mile round trip from Germany to the United States and finished the process. naturalization.
It was the 44th international win of her career in various laps and at various levels, plus her 12th as a member of the US snowmobile racing team – and the first She is an American citizen.
“My first win, officially, as an American,” she said from the medal podium, heart in hand, seconds after realizing she had prevailed.
Humphries had to rise up to get the victory. She completed two runs in 2 minutes, 0.57 seconds – just 0.06 seconds faster than Canada’s Cynthia Appiah, who took the lead after the first heat. Germany’s Laura Nolte finished third, 0.53 seconds behind Humphries.
Not an easy week: Humphries lay in six different beds for six nights and took a trip halfway around the world, with her Olympic hopes hiding the results of the naturalization process. On Saturday, she admitted that not knowing if she would qualify to compete at the Beijing Olympics had come at a cost.
Stateless, Humphries — the three-time Olympic medalist who joined the U.S. team three years after being released from his native Canada — has no way of making it to the Winter Olympics. Now, she’s going to be a medalist.
“I wake up wondering why I am doing this, those days when I lack motivation,” says Humphries. “When things get tough, you start to have doubts and when you don’t have the Olympics as the end goal you’re fighting for, those doubts come in. I like what I do, but maybe it’s possible. Waking up today and no. The stress of not knowing if I can compete at the Olympics is a huge burden that has fallen off my shoulders.”
Elana Meyers Taylor finished sixth for the United States in the monobob race.
In the two-man race later on Saturday, Francesco Friedrich of Germany rallied to win and extend a streak of 35 in a row in a two-man race at the World Cup with a single medal.
Friedrich and Alexander Schueller finished only third after the first heat, then had a blistering second and dominated with a score of 1:49.96. Johannes Lochner and Christopher Weber were second for Germany in 1:50.20 and the Russian sleigh by Rostislav Gaitiukevich and Mikhail Mordasov was third in 1:50.23.
Friedrich now has 66 medals – 51 gold, 11 silver, 4 bronze – in the largest 70 international races for two and four including World Cup events, the Olympics and world championships.
As for US men, Hunter Church and Charlie Volker are 18th, while Codie Bascue and Hakeem Abdul-Saboor are 23rd.
The competition continued on Sunday with a women’s race and a four-man event.
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