Humphries makes history, driving a 4-woman sled against men

BY foxsports • January 9, 2016

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) Canada's Kaillie Humphries has become the first to drive an all-female sled against male competitors in a four-person World Cup competition.

Humphries and sledmates Cynthia Appiah, Genevieve Thibault and Melissa Lotholz finished 17th in a 17-sled field in the first run of the two-run competition Saturday morning, more than 2.5 seconds behind the leading time driven by Maximilian Arndt of Germany. The second run is later Saturday.

Humphries says where they finished wasn't the point. The two-time Olympic women's champion is hoping to see a four-woman division added before her competitive career is over. Women have only a two-person division now, while male sliders have two- and four-man races.

Humphries and American pilot Elana Meyers Taylor raced against men last season on occasion, but only with men as their sledmates.