Team USA bobsledder Callie Humphreys wins Beijing monobobs gold

Team USA bobsledder Callie Humphreys wins Beijing monobobs gold

US team bobsledder Callie Humphreys won gold in a monobob in Beijing: she overcame a serious illness and was inspired to play sports thanks to the movie “Cool Runs”

  • Humphreys won gold in the monobob on Monday
  • Beat Team USA member Elana Meyers Taylor, silver medalist
  • Overcame two broken legs and endometriosis to compete
  • Inspired to go in for sports after watching the Disney movie Cool Runs.
  • The film tells the story of Jamaica’s failed bobsleigh team.

Bobsleigh bionic woman Callie Humphreys has shown she has the golden touch to overcome a series of injuries and illnesses to win another top Olympic podium for America.

The 36-year-old athlete from San Diego, California broke both her legs and suffered a number of other misfortunes on her way to her first solo gold medal.

But the star, who won three gold medals in two-woman bobsleigh at previous Olympics, never gave up on her dream of winning the monobob and managed to take the gold, forcing teammate USA Elana Meyers Taylor to settle for silver. Bronze went to Canada’s Christine de Bruyne.

She was a skier, but she quit the sport and switched to bobsleigh after watching the movie Cool Runs.

Before winning her first solo Olympic gold, she had to overcome a number of setbacks, including divorce, Covid-19, and surgery for endometriosis.

Team USA bobsledder Callie Humphreys won gold in the monobob at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing on Monday.

Team USA bobsledder Callie Humphreys won gold in the monobob at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing on Monday.

Humphreys is pictured right after Monday's victory.  She won gold in the two-man bobsleigh event at the previous Winter Olympics.

Humphreys is pictured right after Monday’s victory. She won gold in the two-man bobsleigh event at the previous Winter Olympics.

Humphreys says she was inspired to play the sport by the Disney film Cool Runs, which tells the story of Jamaica's underdog team.

Humphreys says she was inspired to play the sport by the Disney film Cool Runs, which tells the story of Jamaica’s underdog team.

The tattooed athlete, affectionately referred to as “Blonde Bomber” by friends and born in Calgary, Alberta, spoke about the illness: “I went in for surgery and learned a lot about my body. As a woman and an athlete, I was able to explain my symptoms. I’m trained to accept pain. I didn’t even know this existed.”

Other setbacks she had to overcome included a torn ligament in her ankle and a broken collarbone.

After she gave up skiing, she never lost her passion for high-end winter sports.

“I realized that I wasn’t good enough at skiing. I have always been bigger than most girls. I’ve always had big legs and a big butt, so I thought, what should I do?

“I grew up on the Hot Runs like everyone else, and we had a bobsleigh track in Calgary, so I tried it.”

Humphreys is pictured (center) next to Team USA's Elana Taylor, who won silver, and Canada's Christine De Bruyne, who won bronze.

Humphreys is pictured (center) next to Team USA’s Elana Taylor, who won silver, and Canada’s Christine De Bruyne, who won bronze.

Humphries showed off her extensive tattoo collection on her Instagram page.

Humphries showed off her extensive tattoo collection on her Instagram page.

She has since remarried to fellow bobsledder and former American football player Travis Armbruster.

Her ex-husband is Dan Humphreys, who represented Great Britain in bobsleigh at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. He later went on to represent Canada and won the quad at the 2009 World Championships in Park City.

But her biggest influence was family friend Mark Tewsbury of Canada, who won Olympic gold in breaststroke in 1992.

He came to dinner, and when she saw his gold medal, she said, “I’m going to win an Olympic gold medal.” She was seven years old.

Now she has four and aims to be fifth in Beijing in the women’s competition with 24-year-old Kaisha Love from West Jordan, Utah, who is making her Olympic debut.

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