A two-time Olympic bobsled champion for Canada, Kaillie Humphries is now officially racing for the red, white and blue.
Humphries was one of six women named to the U.S. bobsled team for the 2019-20 season on Thursday after winning the national team trials in Lake Placid, New York. She joins fellow pilots Brittany Reinbolt, who won the national championship in March of this year to stake her claim on the team, and Kristi Koplin. The push athletes are Lauren Gibbs, a 2018 Olympic silver medalist, Sylvia Hoffman and Jazmine Jones.
Humphries and Hoffman, who was discovered through “Milk Life presents, The Next Olympic Hopeful,” teamed up to win the North American Cup on Wednesday and take the lead in the trials, putting themselves in prime position to earn spots on the national team for the coming season.
Humphries and Gibbs were also the top American sled on Tuesday, although they finished second to a team from Canada.
Joining them on the team are 12 men: drivers Codie Bascue, a 2018 Olympian who won the national championship and will pilot USA-1, Hunter Church, who was the top-ranked pilot at the trials and will drive USA-2, and Geoff Gadbois. The nine push athletes who will compete on the team this year are Adrian Adams, Chris Avery, Michael Fogt, Kris Horn, Dakota Lynch, Blaine McConnell, Jimmy Reed, Kyle Wilcox and Josh Williamson.
Fogt is the younger brother of three-time Olympian and 2014 silver medalist Chris Fogt, who competed with the late Steven Holcomb, while Reed was a 2018 Olympic alternate. Like Hoffman, Williamson is a product of Next Olympic Hopeful series, having won in season one.
One notable name absent from this year’s team is Elana Meyers Taylor. The three-time Olympic medalist is pregnant and will not be competing this season but plans to return to the sport in time for the 2021 world championships in Lake Placid.
Her longtime rival, Humphries, asked for her release from Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton in August following a long stalemate between the two parties that started when she filed a harassment complaint in August 2018, six months after winning the bronze medal at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. She did not compete at all in 2018-19 and was granted her release at the end of September. She married American Travis Armbruster that month.
Her first time in a sled since the 2018 Winter Games was in Lake Placid for the opening of the U.S. team trials.
The bobsledders join the six-person world cup skeleton team that was announced earlier in the month: Austin Florian and Olympian Kendall Wesenberg, who won the national championships back in March, as well as Andrew Blaser, Megan Henry, Alex Ivanov and Savannah Graybill.
The bobsled and skeleton world cup season opens Dec. 7-8 in Lake Placid, and returns to the same track the following week before heading to Europe.