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Kaillie Humphries wants to bobsled for U.S. after harassment, abuse claims

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Kaillie Humphries, a two-time Olympic bobsled gold medalist for Canada and one of the top drivers in her sport’s history, is planning to race for the U.S. this coming season and beyond.

Humphries has been seeking her release from Canada for several weeks, and it still has not been received. She is marrying former U.S. men’s bobsledder Travis Armbruster on Saturday, and that would allow her to represent the U.S. in competition — provided she is released by Canada.

Humphries has been estranged from the Canadian bobsled program for more than a year after filing harassment and abuse claims. She did not race last season and hasn’t competed in a major international race since earning bronze at the PyeongChang Olympics.

“They have not provided me a safe place to come back to compete,” Humphries said.

CBC first reported Humphries’ desire to race for the U.S., reporting that she is suing Bobsleigh Canada for blocking her release and breaching their contract relating to athlete and coach code of conduct. Bobsleigh Canada declined to comment on Humphries’ case.

“This has been my life, it’s been a 15-year career,” a tearful Humphries said in a CBC video interview. “This is everything that I dreamed of since I was a kid, and to know that a country has supported me so strongly, and the people in the country have been so great.”

USA Bobsled and Skeleton told Humphries — a two-time world champion and four-time overall World Cup champion — that it would welcome her to the team. She is very close with U.S. women’s bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor.

Adding Humphries would be a major boost to the U.S. roster. The U.S. women’s program has been one of the best in the world for nearly two decades, but lost Olympic veteran pilot Jamie Greubel Poser to retirement in 2018 and didn’t enjoy its usual level of overall success last season.

There is an urgency to Humphries’ quest for the release. Under international rules she would need it by Sept. 30 to be able to compete for the U.S. this season. The U.S. team is scheduled to begin training on ice in early October, weather permitting.

Humphries has been one of the most dominant bobsledders, the only female driver to win multiple Olympic titles.

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Max Parrot, Olympic silver medalist snowboarder, beats cancer

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Max Parrot, the Canadian Olympic snowboard slopestyle silver medalist, said he beat cancer, after he was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma on Dec. 21.

“After battling myself to the best I could during these past 7 months, I can finally say that I have won against cancer!!” was posted on Parrot’s Instagram. Parrot wrote that he underwent 12 rounds of chemotherapy, the last in June.

Parrot, a 25-year-old Quebecois, will return to competition at X Games Norway on Aug. 31. Parrot owns five X Games Aspen titles between big air and slopestyle, including three straight big air crowns before he had to miss this past January’s event.

In PyeongChang, Parrot took slopestyle silver behind American Red Gerard and was ninth in big air two weeks later.

“I’ve beaten cancer, but my body is not back to normal yet,” Parrot said, according to the Canadian Press. “I feel like I’m getting back my muscles and my cardio and my energy, but there’s still a lot of work to be done.”

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Kelsey Serwa, Olympic ski cross champion after 3 knee surgeries, retires

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Kelsey Serwa, the Canadian who overcame Olympic heartbreak and three season-ending knee surgeries to earn ski cross gold at the PyeongChang Winter Games, has retired at age 29.

“I love racing. I love that feeling. But now for sure I’m like ‘OK, my time has come, and I’m ready for the next stages of my life,'” Serwa said, according to the Canadian Press.

Those next stages include completing her undergraduate degree from the University of British Columbia Okanagan, marrying former teammate Stan Rey in the fall and getting her Masters in physiotherapy.

Serwa’s career began before ski cross debuted at the Olympics in 2010. The Alpine skiing convert earned her first X Games medal (bronze) a month before the Vancouver Games, making her a medal threat in her native British Columbia at age 20.

But Serwa was passed down the stretch in her semifinal in her Olympic debut, just missing the medal final. She ended up fifth. Serwa’s next Olympic cycle proved her most challenging. After winning X Games and the world championships in 2011, she tore her left ACL in back-to-back seasons.

Serwa made it back for the Sochi Olympics, taking silver behind countrywoman Marielle Thompson. She considered retiring a year before the PyeongChang Winter Games after requiring a third knee surgery but pressed on.

Serwa entered her third Olympics an underdog, ranking sixth in the World Cup standings with one podium (a third place) in nearly two years. But Serwa led nearly from start to finish in the final and went one-two with her often-time roommate for international competitions, countrywoman Brittany Phelan.

“Finishing second in Sochi, that was kind of my decision-maker to go one more Olympics,” Serwa said, according to the Canadian Press. “Looking back, it kind of perfectly jumped from one to the other. The Olympic gold medal is just the cherry on top of it all.”

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