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Women get go-ahead to compete in 4-man bobsled

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Women can start competing in 4-man bobsled this season.

Bobsled’s world governing body, known as the FIBT, says its executive committee decided to open the event to mixed gender teams.

FIBT President Ivo Ferriani says “We follow the spirit and movements of our time.”

Ferriani says: “There is a strong belief in the FIBT that men and women can compete together in 4-man.”

Previously, women competed only in two-athlete bobs and men competed in twos and fours.

The FIBT says two-time Olympic champion Kaillie Humphries of Canada wants to pilot a bob pushed by three male teammates.

Mixed teams can begin in World Cup events at a season-opening meet in December at Lake Placid, New York.

The world championships are held Feb. 23-Mar. 1 in Winterberg, Germany.

 

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