BEIJING – It’s not required to get your new nation a present, however Kaillie Humphries needed to do it, anyway.
Simply 2½ months after turning into a U.S. citizen, Humphries received the gold medal in monobob on the Beijing Olympics on Monday. It’s her third general, following the golds she received in two-man in 2014 and 2010, when she was representing Canada.
Humphries stood up in her sled after she crossed the end line. She was given a U.S. flag as she climbed out, and she or he bent over, overcome with emotion, earlier than holding it aloft. A smile unfold throughout her face as she chanted “U-S-A! U-S-A!”
“I wish to … give again to a rustic that has adopted me, that has given me an extended profession and has given me a secure place with the intention to compete,” Humphries mentioned Sunday, after she’d taken an insurmountable lead together with her first two runs. “I’m very honored that the USA has backed me the best way that it has.”
The USA acquired a second medal with Elana Meyers Taylor taking the silver.
Meyers Taylor needed to spend nearly per week in isolation after testing constructive for COVID on Jan. 29, and mentioned Sunday that she was nonetheless struggling to get better. However her remaining run was one of the best of her 4, permitting her to leapfrog Canada’s Christine de Bruin.
Meyers Taylor put her palms to her helmet as she crossed the end line, then threw up her palms in triumph. It’s her fourth Olympic medal and third silver.
Meyers Taylor and Humphries, who’re largely chargeable for monobob turning into an Olympic occasion, hugged, U.S. flags wrapped round their shoulders.
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Humphries was so revered in Canada that she and her brakeman, Heather Moyse, had been chosen to hold the flag within the closing ceremony in Sochi. Later that yr, she was named winner of the Lou Marsh Award, given to Canada’s prime athlete.
However she requested for her launch from Canada in 2019, revealing that she had filed a proper grievance a yr earlier alleging verbal and emotional abuse by Todd Hays, Crew Canada’s bobsled coach. The case is ongoing, with the findings of the preliminary investigation tossed out.
Hays has denied the allegations, and is suing Humphries for defamation.
Humphries has lived in america since 2016, and married Travis Armbruster, a former U.S. bobsledder in 2019. She has represented america internationally for the reason that fall of 2019, successful the world titles in two-man in 2020 and 2021, when she additionally received the inaugural monobob title.
However the Worldwide Olympic Committee requires athletes to be residents of the nations they symbolize, and Humphries feared as late as final fall that she wouldn’t get her U.S. citizenship in time to compete in Beijing.
She requested that her utility be expedited – she wasn’t asking for an exception, however relatively that the approval that was finally going to be granted be achieved so now – and on Dec. 2 she was sworn in as a U.S. citizen.
“I’m form of the rookie and the vet right here,” Humphries mentioned Sunday. “I understand how to undergo an Olympics, however clearly I haven’t achieved it for Crew USA. Even strolling within the halls and being proper subsequent door to Mikaela Shiffrin, I’m like, ‘Ahh!’
“It’s very motivating and galvanizing for me to be on the identical workforce as Shaun White, Mikaela Shiffrin. Chloe Kim was on my flight over,” Humphries added. “I would like to have the ability to put my greatest foot ahead as they do.”
She definitely has, becoming a member of short-track speedskater Viktor Ahn as the one Winter Olympians to win gold medals for various nations, in line with Olympic historian Invoice Mallon. Ahn received three gold medals for South Korea on the 2006 Olympics in Turin earlier than transferring to Russia and successful one other three golds on the 2014 Video games in Sochi.
Humphries can have a shot so as to add a second gold later this week, within the two-man.