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Humphries takes bronze in women’s monobob World Cup this morning
Kaillie Humphries celebrates with her bronze medal.
ALTENBERG, Germany (December 18, 2021) – Kaillie Humphries (Carlsbad, Calif.) claimed bronze in the women’s monobob World Cup race in Altenberg this morning. This is her third medal in monobob out of five races so far this season. Elana Meyers Taylor (Douglasville, Ga.) finished 12th.
“I’m nursing a hamstring injury, so to walk away on the podium is good,” Humphries said. “Part of today’s goal was just to get through it healthy. I changed my start to take the load off the back chain, and it took some getting used to. I’m happy with the drives, and after tomorrow I get a two week break for the holiday.”
Humphries pushed the Reign Body Fuel branded sled off the block in 6.29 seconds, 13th best of the field, and drove herself into medal contention with the fourth fastest downtime of 1:00.05. She bettered her start by 0.04 seconds, and threaded together the fastest run of 1:00.10 in the second heat to move up two spots. Humphries claimed bronze with a combined time of 2:00.15.
“I’m happy with today, even though I know there’s more in the tank,” Humphries said. “I’m still in the process of building, and the sole focus is on February.”
Canadians Christine De Bruin and Cynthia Appiah finished 1-2. De Bruin had the second and third fastest times to take gold with a combined time of 1:59.96. Appiah had the lead in the first run, but only the fifth best time of the second heat put her in second place with a cumulative time of 2:00.09.
Meyers Taylor had competitive start times of 5.98 and 5.99 seconds, which were second fastest of the field. She was tied for ninth position with German Kim Kalicki after a first run time of 1:00.33. Meyers Taylor, who has a love-hate relationship with the Altenberg track, made some mistakes in the second heat and dropped back three spots with a downtime of 1:00.81. She finished 12th with a two-run total of 2:01.14.
The two-man bobsled competition is up next at 2:30 p.m. local time. Streaming will be available via desktop at olympics.com/en/live/, and via mobile, tablet and connected television platforms on the Olympic Channel app. Check local listings for broadcast times on the Olympic Channel and OlympicChannel.com.
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1. Christine De Bruin (CAN) 1:59.96 (59.81, 1:00.15);
2. Cynthia Appiah (CAN) 2:00.09 (59.80, 1:00.29);
3. Kaillie Humphries (USA) 2:00.15 (1:00.05, 1:00.10);
12. Elana Meyers Taylor (USA) 2:01.14 (1:00.33, 1:00.81);
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