monopopDebuting at the Olympics on Sunday, the sport of figure skating in which a single woman ice skate pushes and runs her own sled, as two Americans compete for a medal.
Kylie Humphreys will enter the finals on Monday with a big lead of more than a second after finishing her first qualifying in 2 minutes 9.10 seconds.
With the win, Humphreys became the first American woman to win a gold medal for two countries at the Winter Games. (John Henry Krueger, short-track speed skater, He achieved this feat last week While he was competing for his new country, Hungary.)
Humphreys became a US citizen in December after a long time and sharp split With Bobsleigh Canada, a program she has represented at three previous Olympics. She was part of the winning two-woman bobsleigh teams at the 2010 Vancouver and 2014 Sochi Games.
On Sunday, Humphreys set a fast pace on the potential track for another gold. It has established a track record at the National Glide Center in Yanqing, China, with a first run of 1:04.44.
“I’m literally just pretending today didn’t exist and I have a new race tomorrow,” Humphreys said. “Easier said than done, I can promise you that, but at the end of the day, you’ve been trained to do it, and you’ve won and lost in that position.”
Canada’s Christine De Bruyne was 1.04 seconds behind Humphries after the first two races, followed by Germany’s Laura Nolte.
Ilana Myers-Taylor, the other American in the event, came in fourth, 1.32 seconds behind Humphries.
“Not so bad for a 37-year-old mom, you know,” said Myers-Taylor. “I’m the oldest driver in competition and the only one out of the load, so I’m really excited about the starts.”
monopopa women-only event in which she pushes and sledges on an ice track, will debut at the Olympics this weekend.
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For Myers Taylor, who has won two silvers and a bronze in the two-woman event in three previous Olympics, making it to the competition was just an adventure.
She was selected as one of the flag bearers of the United States at the opening ceremony, but He tested positive for the coronavirus Shortly after arriving in Beijing.
She quarantined for about a week before testing negative twice, which kept her hopes of competing in the monobob and the two-woman event.
The International Olympic Committee has announced the inclusion of the 2018 women’s only Olympic monopop. The men do not have a monobob but they do compete in the four-man bobsleigh event, which does not have a women’s competition.
Humphries and Taylor Myers are among those battling for a women’s four-sled event, which will allow more opportunities for women to compete in the sport at a high level.
“It’s getting better very slowly,” Humphries said in an interview in December. “Turtle speed, really slow.”
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