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Olympic bobsledter Kaillie Humphries becomes US citizen ahead of the Beijing Olympics

Kaillie Humphries will be on the brink of history when he attends the bobsleigh at the 2022 Beijing Olympics in February.

Born in Canada, Humphreys will become a US citizen in San Diego on Thursday and has the right to compete for the United States at the Olympics. She will get a passport soon. This will allow her to travel to China and participate in monobob and women’s bobsleigh competitions.

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Kaillie Humphries of the United States is monitoring the leaderboard after the two women’s bobsleigh world cup race in Igles near Innsbruck, Austria, on Sunday, November 21, 2021.
(AP Photo / Matthias Schrader)

Humphreys participated in Team Canada’s 2010, 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympics. She won two gold medals and one bronze medal in two female bobsleigh races. She has a green card and is married to American and former bobsleigher Travis Arm Blaster.

She gained the right to dispute the United States in September 2019 after a dispute with Canadian bobsleigh officials over allegations of verbal and psychological abuse and harassment. She said at the time that she led a Canadian team looking for a safer working environment.

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Kaillie Humphries on the left and Sylvia Hoffman of the United States react after the two women's bobsleigh world cup race in Igurus near Innsbruck, Austria, on Sunday, November 21, 2021.

Kaillie Humphries on the left and Sylvia Hoffman of the United States react after the two women’s bobsleigh world cup race in Igurus near Innsbruck, Austria, on Sunday, November 21, 2021.
(AP Photo / Matthias Schrader)

“It was a long journey. It’s a team effort and I find it great to have a gold jar at the end of the rainbow,” Humphreys said.

She has participated in the United States at World Cup competitions, but Olympic rules require athletes to have a passport for the country they represent in almost all cases.

“I think she’s very excited,” US bobsleigh coach Mike Cohn told The Associated Press. “She had a great two years with us. I think she’s really shining now. Uncertainty, I think it’s hindering her a bit. It’s hindering us all. think.”

Kaillie Humphries of the United States is monitoring the leaderboard after the two women's bobsleigh world cup race in Igles near Innsbruck, Austria, on Sunday, November 21, 2021.

Kaillie Humphries of the United States is monitoring the leaderboard after the two women’s bobsleigh world cup race in Igles near Innsbruck, Austria, on Sunday, November 21, 2021.
(AP Photo / Matthias Schrader)

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Humphreys now has a chance to win a gold medal in the United States and will be the first to win in the United States and Canada. The United States has won at least one medal in bobsleigh at each of the last five Winter Olympics.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Olympic bobsledter Kaillie Humphries becomes US citizen ahead of the Beijing Olympics

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