A Different Kind Of Track: Lolo Jones Wins Bobsled World Championship

Track and field star Lolo Jones helps bobsledding veteran Kaillie Humphries earn her record-breaking fourth World Championship 

By Alex Holmes

Lolo Jones added a third world championship to her collection last weekend, but it wasn’t on the kind of track where we’re used to seeing her compete. Jones, a two-time track and field world champion, won first place in the two-woman bobsledding event alongside Kaillie Humphries at the IBSF World Championships in Altenberg, Germany.

Humphries piloted the bobsled while Jones controlled the brakes. The pair beat Germany’s Kim Kalicki and Ann-Christin Strack by 0.35 seconds. Jones and Humphries had the fastest time in three out of the four runs, for a total time of 3:48.26.

Kaillie Humphries and Lolo Jones celebrate their historic two-woman bobsled win at the IBSF World Championships.

Jones is best known for her accomplishments in track and field. The 38-year-old Iowa native specialized in the 60-meter and 100-meter hurdles. She competed in the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics after winning three NCAA titles with Louisiana State University where she earned All-American honors 11 times. In between her Summer Olympic appearances, Jones won two World Indoor Championship titles in the 60-meter hurdles in 2008 and 2010.

This wasn’t Jones’ first time down the bobsled track. In fact, her time with the U.S. national bobsled team goes back nearly a decade. In 2012, she was invited to try-out for a spot on the team and was successful. Two year later, she competed in the 2014 Winter Olympics, becoming just one in a handful of American athletes to compete in both the Winter and Summer Olympic Games.

 Kaillie Humphries led the pair to gold, which is something she is used to doing. She also won the two-woman event in 2012, 2013, and 2020. This win was Humphries’ fourth world title of her career, surpassing Sandra Kiriasis of Germany for the most bobsledding world championships of all time.

Humphries was born in Canada and is one of the country’s most decorated Winter Olympians. She won gold in 2010 and 2014, followed by a bronze medal in 2018. Her partner during her bronze-medal performance was also a former Olympic hurdler, Phylicia George.

Humphries won her three Olympic medals and first two world championships under the Canadian flag. In 2019, she separated herself from Team Canada after filing allegations of harassment and abuse under a former coach. She was granted a release from Canada’s national team and began competing with the United States prior to the 2020 World Championships. 

Humphries is waiting for her American citizenship so she can compete with the U.S. in next year’s Winter Olympics in Beijing. Jones, who placed seventh in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and fourth in the 2012 London Olympics, is seeking her first Olympic medal. One year out from Beijing 2022, both bobsledders are on the right track for another run at Olympic glory.

The 2021 IBSF World Championships began Feb. 5 and continue through Feb. 14 in Altenberg, Germany. A full schedule of World Championship events is available here.

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