Team USA bobsledder Kallie Humphries wins monobob gold in Beijing

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Team USA bobsledder Kallie Humphries wins monobob gold in Beijing: Overcame serious illness, and was Inspired to try sport by movie Cool Runnings

  • Humphries won gold in the monobob on Monday
  • Beat Team USA competitor Elana Meyers Taylor, who scored silver
  • Has overcome two broken legs and endometriosis to compete
  • Was inspired to take up the sport after watching Disney movie Cool Runnings
  • Film tells the story of Jamaica's underdog bobsled team  

By Shekar Bhatia In Beijing For Dailymail.Com

Published: 05:32 GMT, 14 February 2022 | Updated: 13:40 GMT, 14 February 2022

Bobsleigh bionic woman Kallie Humphries showed she had the golden touch to overcome a series of injuries and illnesses to win America another top Olympic podium finish.

The 36-year-old from San Diego, CA, has broken both legs and suffered a string of other misfortunes on her way to win her first solo gold medal.

But the star who has three golds from competing in the two-woman bobsleigh at previous Olympics never gave up her dream of winning the monobob and succeeded to clinch gold, forcing US team mate Elana Meyers Taylor to settle for silver. Bronze went to Canada's Christine de Bruin.

She was an alpine skier but gave up the sport and switched to bobsleigh after seeing the film 'Cool Runnings'.

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

Team USA bobsledder Kallie Humphries won gold in the monobob at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing on Monday 

Humphries is pictured moments after Monday's win. She won gold for competing in a two-man bobsleigh at previous winter Olympics 

Humphries says she was inspired to take up the sport by Disney movie Cool Runnings, which tells the story of Jamaica's underdog team 

The heavily-tattooed athlete, who is affectionately known to friends as 'The Blonde Bomber' and was born in Calgary, Alberta, said of the illness: 'I went in for surgery and learned a lot about my body. As a woman and athlete I could explain away my symptoms. I’m conditioned to take pain. I didn’t even know this existed.'

Among the other reversals she had to overcome were tearing the ligaments in her ankle and breaking her collarbone.

After giving up skiing she had not lost the passion for top line winter sport.

'I realized I wasn't good enough at Alpine skiing. I had always been bigger than most girls. I always had big legs and a big butt so I figured, what will I do?

'I grew up watching "Cool Runnings" just like everyone else, and we had the bobsleigh track in Calgary, so I tried it out.'

Humphries is pictured (center) next to Team USA competitor Elana Taylor, who took silver, and Christine De Bruin, from Canada, who won bronze 

Humphries has shown off her vast collection of tattoos on her Instagram page 

She has since re-married to fellow bob sleigh athlete and former American footballer Travis Armbruster.

Her Ex-husband is Dan Humphries who represented Great Britain in bobsleigh at the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games. He later went onto represent Canada and won the four-man at the 2009 World Cup in Park City.

But her greatest influence was family friend Mark Tewsbury of Canada who won an Olympic breaststroke swimming gold in 1992.

He came for dinner and after seeing his gold medal she said: 'I am going to win an Olympic gold medal. She was seven years old.

Now she has four and is aiming for a fifth in Beijing in the two-women event with 24-year-old Kaysha Love of West Jordan, UT, who is making her Olympic debut. 

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