It's a first: women race against men in bobsleds
It's a first: women race against men in bobsleds Canada's Kaillie Humphries, left, and Kate O'Brien finish in third place at the women's World Cup bobsled event in Calgary, Alberta. At left, Kaillie appears with Dan Dale, Joey Nemet, and Douglas McLelland (AP photos)
It's a first: women race against men in bobsleds
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Elana Meyers Taylor of the United States and Kaillie Humphries of Canada have become the first women to race in a four-person bobsled event in the World Cup. The race was held in Calgary, Canada.

Humphries finished 15th with a two-run time of 1 minute, 48.87 seconds. Meyers Taylor, from Douglasville, Georgia, was 16th out of the 17 finishers in 1:49.52. In the fall, the International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation declared the four-person sled race as gender neutral so men and women could compete against each other.

"Everyone was so excited to see us race today and it really helped me realize the significance of the moment," Meyers Taylor said. "There were some little girls at the track that were excited to watch women's bobsled today. And hopefully what Kaillie and I are doing inspires them.

"I hope someday a woman racing in four-man isn't news. I'm willing to do anything it takes to advance our sport, even if it means racing twice in a day."

Meyers Taylor teamed with Justin Greenwood of Palmyra, Virginia; Carlo Valdes of Newport Beach, California; and Adrian Adams of Reidsville, North Carolina, in the Classroom Champions sled.

Humphries teamed with Dan Dale, D.J. McLelland and Joey Nemet.

"(Elana) and I really want to try and get more women driving the four-man and eventually have women's four-man as its own event. So the women can have two events, two and four, and so can the men," Humphries said. "In the meantime, this kind of bridges the gap a little bit."

Meyers Taylor and Humphries are the first women to race with the men since the World Cup bobsled circuit was created in 1984. However, they aren't the first to compete with the men. Katharin Dewey was a pioneer of women's bobsledding. She piloted her team to a historic victory in the 1940 U.S. Championships when mixed teams were allowed. Women were later banned.

Earlier, Meyers Taylor teamed with Cherrelle Garrett of Hayward, California, to win the women's race. They finished in 1:51.7. They also won the week before. That was at the season-opening event in Lake Placid, New York.

"It definitely feels good to get another win, especially when it's not on home ice," Meyers Taylor said. "It's a big testament to how hard Cherrelle has worked this season, and we're really starting to gel and click. Our push times give me the ability to make some mistakes down the track. So I have her to thank for this win."

Critical thinking challenge: When will woman racing in four-man bobsled no longer be newsworthy?

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  • NiraliP-mai
    1/07/2015 - 04:59 p.m.

    I think these women are incredibly brave, and have opened up new opportunities for women all over the world. It goes to show that women can be just as good as men! :)

  • OliviaC-mai
    1/07/2015 - 05:13 p.m.

    In my opinion, they are very inspiring. They will get more woman to do what they want to do in their lives. Now, woman will have the 4-man one day.

  • NickR-mai
    1/07/2015 - 05:14 p.m.

    I think it is great that women get their chance to verse men in bobsleds. The women could finally see how good they truly are.

  • GregS-mai
    1/07/2015 - 05:16 p.m.

    I feel like it shouldn't take this long for women to be racing against men, but I'm happy the time has come. They should be allowed to play any sport a man plays. It's really inspiring that they want to get more people involved with this sport. Hopefully soon, they'll have they're own women races. I am supporting them all the way.

  • KayaG-mai
    1/07/2015 - 06:08 p.m.

    I believe this is a good idea. Usually girls are underestimated and cant participate in certain games against boys. This is a good way to show others that girls can go against boys in certain sports. I also want to add that Meyers Taylor and Humphries are very inspiring people. They show that whether you are a girl or boy never think that you aren't good enough.

  • AlysiaL-mai
    1/07/2015 - 06:34 p.m.

    This article really inspiring because it proves that people are able to do anything they want. These women were the first to ever compete in a bod sled race with all boys, and they won two races in a row. Overall, this article shows that anyone is able to do any sport they want.

  • AdrianaC-mai
    1/07/2015 - 06:48 p.m.

    It will be no longer newsworthy when women participate in men activities regularly. I admire how Elana and Kaillie stood out among the crowd to do something they like.

  • JoeM-mai
    1/07/2015 - 06:57 p.m.

    I think its amazing someone can do that race twice in one day! Sometimes girls can be under estimated but not this one Elana Meyers is a true athlete she wants to encourage women to sled in a four man group!

  • SofiaA-4
    1/07/2015 - 09:09 p.m.

    Elana Meyers Taylor of the United States and Kaillie Humphries of Canada have become the first women to compete in the four-person bobsled event at the World Cup. Meyers Taylor teamed up with Justin Greenwood, Carlo Valdes, and Adrian Adams. Humphries teamed up with Dan Dale, D.J. McLelland and Joey Nemet. Meyers Taylor's group ended in fifteenth place, and Humphries's team ended in sixteenth place. Meyers Taylor said that she hoped that young girls were inspired by her racing and that she hopes women racing in this event in the future will not be a surprise. The two women hope to make the Olympics want to create a four-person bobsled event only for women. These two are the first women to four-person bobsled since Katharin Dewey, who won with her team in the 1940 U.S. Championships when mixed teams were allowed.

    I think this should have happened earlier. As mentioned in the article, mixed teams were allowed in 1940, but women were banned from the event. This was unreasonable and never should have happened. If the original rules had stayed the same, Meyers Taylor and Humphries would have been able to race with the men sooner. Nevertheless, I respect and admire their efforts.

  • ChrisC-mai
    1/07/2015 - 09:38 p.m.

    Women racing in four-man bobsled will no longer be newsworthy when it becomes more popular. I think it is great for women to inspire younger girls to participate in this event.

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