CALGARY, Canada–Two-time Olympic champion Kaillie Humphries and American Elana Meyers Taylor broke the gender barrier Saturday by becoming the first women to compete in a World Cup four-man bobsleigh event. Canada’s Humphries finished 15th in her history making run, flashing down the track in a combined time of one minute, 48.87 seconds. Meyers Taylor was one spot behind her in 16th out of 17 sleds in 1:49.52. Humphries, who was named Canada’s athlete of the year earlier this month, had an all-rookie World Cup team that also comprised Joey Nemet, Dan Dale and DJ McLelland. Dustin Greenwood, Carlo Valdes and Adrian Adams rode with Meyers Taylor.
Humphries, 29, finished over a second behind winner Oskars Melbardis, of Latvia, who clocked 1:47.84.
The International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation announced in September that the four-man discipline would be open to female athletes. Meyers Taylor and Humphries both satisfied national qualifying standards with third-place finishes in their national team trials. They confirmed their World Cup spots via the international federation’s 5-3-2 rule, competing in five races held on a minimum of three tracks within two seasons.