Updated Feb 14, 2022 - Sports

U.S. bobsledders win gold and silver medals at Winter Olympics

USA's Kaillie Humphries competes in the women's monobob bobsleigh event at the Yanqing National Sliding Centre during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Yanqing on February 14
American Kaillie Humphries competes in the women's monobob event at the Yanqing National Sliding Centre during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics in Yanqing, China, on Feb. 14. Photo: Daniel Mihailescu/AFP via Getty Images

Kaillie Humphries won a gold medal and Elana Meyers Taylor silver in the first-ever Winter Olympics monobob race at the Beijing Games on Monday morning local time.

The big picture: This is Humphries' third Olympic gold medal and her first as a U.S. citizen. She moved to the U.S. after alleging a Canadian coach had mentally and verbally abused her.

  • This was Meyers Taylor's fourth winter Olympics medal. The 37-year-old is the "oldest woman to win an Olympic medal in any winter sport," per NBC Sports.
  • Meyers Taylor was due to be a U.S. flagbearer at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony, but she tested positive for COVID-19 days before the event. She returned a negative result on Feb. 5 and was permitted to leave isolation and compete in the Games.

By the numbers: Humphries finished with a time of 4:19.27 and Meyers Taylor 4:20.81. Canada's Christine de Bruin (4:21.03) won the bronze medal.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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