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SportsBruce Arthur: Bobsled champion Kaillie Humphries has almost nowhere to turn after courtroom power play hits the wall

07:15  18 september  2019
07:15  18 september  2019 Source:   thestar.com

Kaillie Humphries sues Bobsleigh Canada, prepares to compete for U.S.

Kaillie Humphries sues Bobsleigh Canada, prepares to compete for U.S. Two-time Olympic champion Kaillie Humphries says it’s become clear Bobsleigh Canada no longer wants her on the team and has asked to be released, so she can compete for the U.S. This comes more than a year after Humphries filed a harassment complaint with the national sport organization . However, the 34-year-old from Calgary claims she's been waiting to be released from Bobsleigh Canada for weeks, so that she can begin training for the U.S. Team — and she can't wait any longer. "I want to say 'thank you' to Canada, who has been a huge support. It's really hard. It's hard. This has been my life," Humphries told CBC Sports.

Two-time defending champs glad to be in separate bobsleds this time, despite Humphries earning bronze and Moyse finishing sixth. By Bruce ArthurSports Columnist. On Thursday night in Korea the once-iconic team of Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse raced in the two-man bobsled final

TORONTO - Kaillie Humphries ' first full day back in Canada included 18 interviews, a hair appointment, and a Calgary Flames game. More than a week after the curtain came down on the Olympics, Humphries ' agent Kris Mychasiw said he's receiving some 20 emails a day with requests

Bruce Arthur: Bobsled champion Kaillie Humphries has almost nowhere to turn after courtroom power play hits the wall© Steve Russell Two-time Olympic bobsled gold medallist Kaillie Humphries failed to secure an immediate release from the Canadian program in a Calgary courtroom on Tuesday.

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True to her nature, Kaillie Humphries tried. She made it clear at the 2018 Olympics that she was not happy with Canada’s bobsled program. Later that year, she filed a harassment claim against her coach. This year, she filed a lawsuit in the hopes of forcing an exit from Canada to compete for the United States. The lawsuit wasn’t even the equivalent of a bobsled crashing; it was like trying to drive a bobsled on a highway. Still, the three-time Olympic medallist gave it a go. As someone who knows her well once said, she sees almost everyone as competition.

Olympic bob champ Kaillie Humphries says she's forced to slide for U.S.

Olympic bob champ Kaillie Humphries says she's forced to slide for U.S. Olympic bob champ Kaillie Humphries says she's forced to slide for U.S.

Bobsled pilot Kaillie Humphries says it’s difficult to stay on top of the podium when the rest of the world wants to topple you. “I know I’m not alone in that scenario,” Humphries says. “And we have moments where we are (all about winning), and we have moments where we go back to being the

Kaillie Humphries (born Kaillie Simundson September 4, 1985) is a Canadian bobsledder. Humphries was the Olympic champion in the two-woman at the 2010 Winter Olympics and the 2014 Winter Olympics.

And today Kaillie Humphries should be looking around at piles of ash and wondering, at age 34, if she has run out of bridges to burn.

“She doesn’t even have any bridges,” said one current member of the bobsled program who was granted anonymity due to worries over Humphries’s willingness to retaliate. “She’s on an island.”

The two-time Canadian women’s bobsled gold medallist failed to secure an immediate release from the Canadian program in a Calgary courtroom on Tuesday, one day after it was revealed that her harassment case against Canadian bobsleigh head coach Todd Hays was found to be without merit. She must be released by Bobsleigh Canada before Sept. 30 if she wants to compete for the Americans this year. She is running out of options.

Justin Kripps defends Bobsleigh Canada culture after Kaillie Humphries's lawsuit

Justin Kripps defends Bobsleigh Canada culture after Kaillie Humphries's lawsuit Current Canadian bobsleigh athletes are speaking out in support of Bobsleigh Canada's culture following Kaillie Humphries's allegations regarding head coach Todd Hays. In a statement, Olympic champion bobsleigh athlete Justin Kripps says "all the returning national team members" he's talked to feel they "train and compete in a safe and supportive environment." "In my 13 years in the sport I've never experienced a better culture than we've had over the last couple of years," he said. Current team members Cynthia Appiah as well as Alysia Rissling reiterated Kripps's comments on Twitter.

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Forget for a moment that Bobsleigh Canada would set a troubling precedent by releasing an elite athlete to a richer nation and program based on unsupported claims. Perhaps the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation would intervene; the existing architecture of sports resolution in Canada is the only other way for Humphries to force a release from Canada. Her lawyer, Jeff Rath, said they would pursue an appeal.

But why would anybody grant it? On what basis? Rath threw a lot of dirt into the air Tuesday, loudly protesting that this was a “pretty dark day, and certainly not keeping in where I thought we were in the context of women’s rights, and taking complaints of this nature seriously.”

He also made several claims that seemed to be wrong, or at least misleading. Team Canada pilot Alysia Rissling specifically responded on Twitter to Rath’s allegations that she was in tears due to Hays at an event last year: she rejected the characterization completely, saying it was because she had crashed twice in two days and felt she had let the team down.

Ruling in Humphries case looms as she attempts to compete for U.S.

Ruling in Humphries case looms as she attempts to compete for U.S. A Calgary judge is expected to rule on whether Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton must release Kaillie Humphries to compete for another country. CALGARY — A Calgary judge is expected to rule on whether Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton must release Kaillie Humphries t A decision is expected Tuesday after lawyers for both sides presented arguments Monday in Calgary court. Humphries, a two-time Olympic bobsled gold medallist, filed a harassment complaint against a coach last year alleging he verbally and mentally abused her.

Some have espresso machines built into the console. Others have Las Vegas-worthy ceilings blinged out with neon and mirrors. Almost all of them have an LED television When I heard that she was pushing bobsled , I knew that she was going to do something special; she is too driven an athlete not to.

Kaillie HUMPHRIES , Kaillie SIMUNDSON. Born 4 September 1985. Olympic Athlete for Canada. The only two-time champion in Olympic women’s bobsleigh , Kaillie Humphries is the proud owner The Calgary-born driver has also collected nine World Championship medals and won four IBSF

Rath also claimed Humphries’s carding and funding was being withheld, but Humphries relinquished a right to that funding when she announced last year she was taking a year off. He claimed team members had been threatened with blackballing if they decided to pair with Humphries; two team sources pointed out that Olympic qualification is determined by a series of fairly well established standards, and denied it had happened anyway.

Rath claimed Bobsleigh Canada had promised to release Humphries following the conclusion of the harassment suit; no such promise appears to have been made in the evidence presented, and Humphries’s lengthy list of demands — her own coaches, her own sled, back pay for the year she took off and much more — was rejected by the federation. It was a microcosm of the demands she has made within what was otherwise an equitable program under Hays, according to current team members.

That’s also a big reason why the athletes on the current team are united in their contention that the major culture problems within the program came from Humphries herself. A statement from 2018 gold medallist Justin Kripps and endorsed by the men’s and women’s World Cup teams read, “She has a right to compete like anyone else, but she has a lot of relationships to mend within the program, so I think it’s up to her to decide if she wants to be a part of our team culture or not.”

Teammates would welcome back Kaillie Humphries if she’s a ‘team player’

Teammates would welcome back Kaillie Humphries if she’s a ‘team player’ A Calgary court has already ruled that it won’t grant bobsledder Kaillie Humphries a release from Team Canada. As her teammates explain, if she does return to the team, she would need to be a team player. The post Teammates would welcome back Kaillie Humphries if she’s a ‘team player’ appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.

Two-time Canadian gold medalist bobsledder Kaillie Humphries says she now wants to represent the USA after claiming she was sexually harassed while competing for But doesn't mention names of many of his lovers - or address claims he had a passionate affair three years after marriage to Patti.

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There has been so much damage done. The harassment suit Humphries filed was examined allegation by allegation, and was found to be almost entirely meritless by an independent investigator. Humphries’s lawsuit was similarly specious — the Star has already found most of its allegations to be questionable at best.

What is left is the broad outlines of what appears to be a war against a coach and a program using the mechanisms of safe sport. False allegations of harassment are extremely rare. Safe sport is a laudable priority of this federal government.

But Humphries also allowed her claim to be conflated with something more serious. At one point Humphries’s lawyer sent an email to all parties commending her courage in speaking up, “especially in light of all the U.S. athletes coming out speaking their truth about the extreme and vile abuse athletes suffer at the hands of their coaches.” The comment was retracted and an apology given when it was pointed out that it was potentially defamatory.

But Humphries simply presented no credible evidence of harassment. Sources indicate she called several people throughout the bobsled world to see if they would support her against Hays; almost nobody did. The veracity of the two pending harassment cases filed against Hays by American athletes with USA SafeSport is one thing. In Canada, Humphries didn’t present anything that stuck.

Humphries declines Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton's invitation to return to bob team

Humphries declines Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton's invitation to return to bob team CALGARY — Olympic bobsled champion Kaillie Humphries says she won't race for Canada as long as the country's sport governing body is run by its current management. Humphries wants Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton to release her to compete for the United States. She forced the issue this week by filing a court injunction against the Canadian organization, but a judge did not rule in her favour. BCS high-performance director Chris Le Bihan has said he wants her back on the national team. Humphries isn't buying it. "I will not be returning to Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton with the administration as it exists at this point," Humphries told The Canadian Press in an email Wednesday.

Meyers has also won the gold medal in women's bobsled at the last two World Bobsled Championships , with the 2017 title in Konigssee Women's Bobsled Predictions: GOLD--Elana Meyers Taylor/Lauren Gibbs--United States SILVER-- Kaillie Humphries /Phylicia George--Canada

Kaillie Humphries ’ name is all over the bobsleigh history books. At Vancouver 2010, she and brakeman Heather Moyse became the first Canadian women to win Olympic bobsleigh gold. The duo broke the start record twice and the Whistler Sliding Centre track record three times en route to

So what now? Bobsleigh Canada says they would take her back, as long as she follows the same rules as everyone else. In Calgary, Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton high performance director Chris Le Bihan said, “Our mandate is to develop world and Olympic champions. We want Kaillie in our program. Kaillie is obviously going to be a threat in the next Olympics.” The underlying message — and the most obvious question to the idea that Bobsleigh Canada is deliberately trying to keep Humphries from competing for Canada — is that she wins medals, and medals produce much-needed revenue for the program.

So maybe Humphries finds an escape hatch from Canada and leaves the program with a legacy of winning, and in some disgrace. Maybe she can’t, and has to decide between climbing down and repairing the damage — almost unthinkable, according to those who know her — or effectively retiring.

If so, what an ugly ending that would be to a glorious athletic career. Kaillie Humphries tried. But she is running out of track.

Bruce Arthur is a Toronto-based sports columnist. Follow him on Twitter: @bruce_arthur

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Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton releases two-time Olympic champ Humphries .
Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton says it has released Kaillie Humphries, allowing her to compete for the United States.The organization announced the move Saturday night in a letter from its board of directors.

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