Wanted: More female bobsledders

Kaillie Humphries climbs into her bobsled. PHOTO: Ric Ernst/Vancouver Sun

Kaillie Humphries climbs into her bobsled.
PHOTO: Ric Ernst/Vancouver Sun

Story adapted from The Vancouver Sun
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Canadian women win gold

Two women raced in the fastest bobsled. They won the gold cup in Whistler, BC.

Kaillie Humphries was the pilot of the sled. She comes from Calgary.

“It was a lot closer than I wanted it to be,” Humphries said.

Humphries raced against eight sleds to win the World Cup.

Humphries also won gold at the 2014 Olympics in Socchi. She has two world championship titles.

Humpries wins the race. PHOTO - Charlie Booker

Humpries wins the race.
PHOTO – Charlie Booker

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We need more women

Bobsledding for women started in the 1990’s. Usually there are about 21 sleds.

In 2010 and 2014 thirteen countries entered the women’s bobsled races. Only eleven entered last year’s World Cup.

This year there were only nine sleds. They came from five countries. Only Canada, the USA, Austria, Belgium, and Germany entered.

We need more teams and countries to compete in the women’s bobsled competitions.

“We definitely want to have more women in the race,” said the pilot of the US team.

Kailie Humphries is at the finish line. PHOTO: Charlie Booker

Kailie Humphries is at the finish line.
PHOTO: Charlie Booker

Humphries wants more girls to join the sport

“I want to see that next generation of Olympic gold medallists for Canada… I want kids to grow up living active, healthy lifestyles.”

A four-man bobsled starts a race. PHOTO: Charlie Booker

A four-man bobsled starts a race.
PHOTO: Charlie Booker

Women to compete in four-man bobsleds

This is the first year women were allowed to race in the four-man sleds. Some people think that women aren’t skilled enough or tough enough to handle the four-man sled.

Humphries will race in an exhibition in 2016 to promote women in the four-man sleds.

Humphries piloted one four-man sled with an all female crew.

Some bobsleds have only one rider. PHOTO - Charlie Booker

Some bobsleds have only one rider.
PHOTO – Charlie Booker

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