January 19, 2019 6:43 pm
Updated: January 20, 2019 4:22 pm

Former Olympian Kaillie Humphries files harassment complaint with Bobsleigh Canada

WATCH: Former Olympian Kaillie Humphries has filed a complaint against Bobsleigh Canada. The athlete stepped away from competition in October 2018 before the World Cup season began.

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The national governing body for bobsleigh and skeleton has confirmed that former Olympian Kaillie Humphries has filed a harassment complaint with the organization.

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A spokesperson for Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton told The Canadian Press that it has forwarded the complaint to an “independent investigator.”

Humphries stepped away from competition in October before the World Cup season began.

In an interview with the CBC released on Saturday, she said that the break was because of an ongoing harassment investigation.

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The Calgary native has competed at three Olympics, winning gold at the 2010 Vancouver Games and the 2014 Sochi Games in the two-woman bobsleigh.

She also took bronze at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games in the same event.

“Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton abides by its harassment and discrimination policy that has been in place since 2006… Under that policy, Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton has forwarded the complaint to an independent investigator,” spokesperson Chris Dornan told The Canadian Press in an email.

“We take any allegations of this nature very seriously. A safe training and competitive environment for everyone involved in our sport is Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton’s number one priority. This is a highly confidential case. Out of respect to all parties involved, and the process, we will not be commenting further on this matter until the investigation is complete.”

Hockey Olympian Hayley Wickenheiser tweeted her support for Humphries, saying, “This took guts and courage. Standing with you [Kaillie]!”

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In September 2014, bobsleigh’s world governing body announced that it would allow mixed-gender crews to compete in the four-man event. In November of that year, Humphries piloted a mixed-gender team to the bronze medal in the Canadian four-man bobsleigh championships.

She and Elana Meyers of the United States became the first women to compete in a men’s international competition later that month.

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