Active female bobsleigh world champion Kaillie Humphries is in serious danger of not being able to compete in the Beijing Olympics this winter and has allowed the International Olympic Committee to enter the competition without a US passport. I asked you to do that.
Humphreys has competed for the United States for the past two seasons but does not yet have U.S. citizenship. It is usually a requirement to represent a country in the Olympics. She has been advised by many government agencies that she is unlikely to get a U.S. passport until 2023. This process is complicated and has been delayed due to controversy with the Canadian national team.
Humphreys, who turns 36 next month, is likely to win gold at both the Beijing women’s event, the traditional two women’s event, and the newly added mono bob event where the driver is the sole crew member on the sled. Will be your favorite.
And there is not enough time to find a solution. This may currently only be offered by the IOC.
“This is a decision in my life that has nothing to do with me,” Humphreys told The Associated Press. “It doesn’t matter how hard I want it or how hard I want it. No matter how hard I work. Whether I get citizenship on time, or whether I get a special tax exemption. It is not up to me whether other people consider me fit to participate in Team USA games. This is a drug that is difficult to swallow, especially given the significance and representativeness of the Olympic Games. is.”
Humphreys’ appeal to the IOC is focused on rule 41 of the Olympic Charter, which states that all athletes in the game must have citizenship, but the IOC’s board of directors said “because of nationality. We also note that in certain cases can intervene.
The IOC did not immediately respond to the request for comment. The U.S. bobsleigh skeleton and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee are also looking for solutions that would allow Humphreys to compete in Beijing. Humphreys said the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation, the global governing body for sports, is supporting her quest.
Humphreys is still a Canadian citizen, but he lives in San Diego, has a green card, and is married to an American. She was granted the right to slip into the United States in September 2019 after a lengthy and ongoing debate with Canadian bobsleigh officials over allegations of verbal abuse, psychological abuse, and harassment.
Humphreys, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, and a three-time Canadian medalist were unable to slip into the country during the Beijing Olympics for many reasons. The union there turned out to be insufficient on some points after the initial investigation.
She could also have found a passport from another country, but that is not unusual.
“I don’t want that,” said Humphreys. “I live here. My life is here. I want to represent my favorite country. And now I’m stuck.”
Humphreys will be officially added to the US national team in September after she and Lolo Jones won the World Championships last winter. Humphreys went on to win the first World Monobob Championship. It is the third world title in two seasons with the American team. There is no problem entering the US World Cup circuit without completing citizenship, but the rules are different at the Olympics.
Currently, her position as the dominant driver in the world is not disputed. She has won 25 medals from the last 36 World Cup starts and leads all active female pilots with 27 World Cup victories.
“Thanks to Kylie, the results speak for themselves,” said US director Mike Cohn. “And those results say a lot.”
Humphreys has left the Canadian team in search of a safer work environment, she said. Joining the US team has never been an easy decision for her. Most of all, she knew there was no guarantee she’d be able to skate for Americans at the Beijing Olympics, so she said she still decided she needed it for herself. Mental and physical safety.
Humphreys said failing to participate in these Olympics meant she would again be a “victim of the abuse process” of the Canadian program and she would be released from the team. He said it meant. It also means that he is the best female bobsleigh in the world and one of the most decorated in the history of the sport who does not participate in the game. This was all because she felt it was no longer safe to participate in the Canadian program and decided to join. For the United States
“I’m very confident what would happen if I could get there,” said Humphreys. “What I want is a chance to show you what I can do, what this team has done, and given examples of what I can overcome.”