Kaillie Humphries, the only female bobsled driver with multiple Olympic titles, is taking a break this season but plans to return for not only the 2022 Beijing Winter Games but also the 2026 Olympics if they will be in her native Calgary.
“I have been pushing boundaries for 16 consecutive years, and this season I will be stepping away from high performance competition,” was posted on the 33-year-old’s social media.
Humphries cited her engagement last month and her focus on building a strong marriage foundation.
In PyeongChang, Humphries followed her gold medals at Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014 with bronze behind surprise German winner Mariama Jamanka and American rival Elana Meyers Taylor.
She also won world championships in 2012 and 2013 and World Cup season titles in 2013, 2014, 2016 and last season.
If Humphries does compete through a fifth Olympics in 2026, she would be older than any previous female Olympic bobsledder. Humphries’ brakewoman in 2010 and 2014, Heather Moyse, holds the current age record at 39.
“I’ve got a lot more to give,” Humphries said before PyeongChang, according to the Canadian Press. “I’m not ready to be done. I don’t think by any means I’ve reached the top.
“What I want to achieve out of sport internally as well as the type of legacy I want to leave is forever changing.”
Calgary is one of three candidates for the 2026 Olympics.
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