Kaillie Humphries, Heather Moyse

Kaillie Humphries keeps U.S. from winning everything in Lake Placid

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Canada spoiled a potential U.S. bobsled and skeleton weekend sweep.

Olympic and world champion Kaillie Humphries also kept Elana Meyers from a three-race World Cup winning streak, taking the Lake Placid World Cup two-woman bobsled in a two-run time of 1 minute, 53.66 seconds on Saturday.

Meyers, with push athlete Lauryn Williams, was second and .12 of a second behind. Americans Jamie Greubel and Katie Eberling were third, followed by Jazmine Fenlator and Emily Azevedo.

The Canadian Humphries bounced back after finishing seventh in Park City, Utah, last week, her worst World Cup result in nearly two years. She dominated the World Cup tour last season, winning six of nine races.

Did that seventh last week inspire her?

“I don’t know if inspire’s the right word, but it definitely fueled the fire for sure,” Humphries said.

Meyers, an Olympic bronze medalist, broke through early this season with two wins in Park City after taking second to Humphries in the season opener at Calgary, Alberta.

Humphries broke the track record in her first run, which was .02 of a second faster than Meyers. Meyers and the three-time Olympic sprinter Williams made an error near the start in their second run to give Humphries a cushion.

“I made some major mistakes that cost us,” Meyers said. “We’ve got to clean those mistakes up. Lauryn did a great job pushing me. I need to follow it up with a good drive. Kaillie definitely deserved the medal today.”

Meyers kept her World Cup overall lead. She and Greubel are the only drivers to make the podium in all four races this season.

The U.S. had won the first four events of the Lake Placid World Cup on Friday and Saturday and was in the running to become the first nation to sweep a World Cup stop since Germany in Altenberg, Germany, in December 2008.

The women’s bobsled World Cup continues in January in Winterberg, Germany.

Lake Placid Women’s Bobsled
1. Kaillie Humphries/Heather Moyse (CAN) 1:53.66
2. Elana Meyers/Lauryn Williams (USA) 1:53.78
3. Jamie Greubel/Katie Eberling (USA) 1:54.00
4. Jazmine Fenlator/Emily Azevedo (USA) 1:54.07

Historic sweep in men’s bobsled

Remco Evenepoel fractures pelvis in crash over bridge wall into ravine

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Belgian cyclist Remco Evenepoel fractured his pelvis crashing his bike and flipping over a bridge wall into a ravine at the Tour of Lombardy in Italy on Saturday.

Video showed Evenepoel, the 20-year-old world time trial silver medalist, being put in an ambulance on a stretcher minutes after the crash.

His team, Deceuninck-QuickStep, reported he remained conscious while being put on a stretcher, into an ambulance and taken to a hospital. He also suffered a right lung contusion.

In 2019, Evenepoel became the youngest-ever male podium finisher in a senior world road cycling championships event, according to Gracenote. In 2018, he swept the junior road race and time trial world titles.

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Noah Lyles raises black-gloved fist, wins 200m in Monaco

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Noah Lyles said he had plans going forward to make statements, beyond his rapid sprint times. He did that in Monaco on Friday.

Lyles raised a black, fingerless-gloved right fist before getting into the blocks to win a 200m in his first international race of the season, conjuring memories of the famous 1968 Olympic podium gesture.

He clocked 19.76 seconds, leading a one-two with younger brother Josephus. Full results are here.

“As athletes it’s hard to show that you love your country and also say that change is needed,” was posted on Lyles’ Instagram, along with hashtags including #blacklivesmatter. “This is my way of saying this country is great but it can be better.”

Lyles, the world 200m champion, also paid respect to 1968 Olympic 200m gold and bronze medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos three hours before the race.

He tweeted an iconic image of Smith and Carlos raising their single black-gloved fists on the medal stand at the Mexico City Games. Thirteen minutes earlier, Lyles posted an Instagram Story image of his socks for the meet — plain, dark colored.

Smith and Carlos wore black socks without shoes on the podium to signify endemic poverty back in the U.S. at the time.

Lyles is known for his socks, often posting images of colorful pairs he wears before races, themes including Speed Racer, R2-D2 and Sonic the Hedgehog.

“We are at the point where you can’t do nothing anymore,” Lyles said Wednesday. “There aren’t any rules set out. You’re kind of just pushing the boundary as far as you can go. Some people have said, even if there were rules, they’re willing to go farther than that.”

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