Lolo Jones, Kaillie Humphries in first place at 2021 two-woman bobsled world championships
Combining forces with one of bobsled's all-time greats, Lolo Jones is making herself comfortable at the top of the leaderboard in her winter sport.
Jones and Kaillie Humphries, a former Team USA rival and three-time world champion with Canada, finished the first day of the 2021 two-woman bobsled world championships in Altenberg, Germany in first place by a margin of 0.34 seconds after two runs of 56.40 seconds and 56.54 (1:52.94). Kim Kalicki and Ann-Christin Strack of Germany are in second place at 1:53.28.
The American duo won the first event they were partners for in Ingls, Austria, in January.
“We’re only halfway done,” Humphries said Friday in a release. “I don’t underestimate my competitors. I made some mistakes today that I can clean up tomorrow. I want to make it as challenging for my competitors as they make it for me.”
Kaillie Humphries and Lolo Jones of the United States start during the two women's bobsleigh race at the Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Championships in Altenberg, Germany. (Photo: Matthias Schrader, AP)
Jones, 38, had been preparing for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo before the coronavirus pandemic delayed the Games by a year. She rejoined the USA bobsled team in November, along with Elana Meyers Taylor, who took time off after having her first child and is currently in third with partner Sylvia Hoffman.
Humphries, who is married to an American, holds a green card and has been competing for the U.S. since 2019. She is the defending world champion and a fourth title would be a record. The 35-year-old holds two Olympic gold medals for Canada in the two-woman bobsled (2010 and 2014, with partner Heather Moyse).
Contributing: Associated Press
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