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Kaillie Humphries makes history in 4-man bobsled

Canadian Olympian Kaillie Humphries became the first woman to compete in a mixed-gender bobsled race on Saturday at Utah Olympic Park. She finished sixth the event.

1st mixed-gender bobsled race

Kaillie Humphries is a two-time Olympic champion in the women's two-person bobsled with partner Heather Moyse. (Kerstin Joensson/The Associated Press)

Canadian Olympian Kaillie Humphries made history at Utah Olympic Park Saturday when she placed sixth while competing in a mixed-gender four-man bobsled race.

The two-time Olympic gold medallist became the first woman to compete with men in a four-man event. 

The competition was part of the North America Cup, which is a developmental circuit one level below the World Cup.

In September, the sport's world governing body announced that it would open the four-man bobsled to women and mixed-gender teams.

Humphries competed with three men in Saturday's race. Previously, women were restricted to a two-person bobsled. 

American Elana Meyers Taylor also competed in the event, finishing seventh out of 11 sleds. 

Fans responded with pride and encouragement on Twitter. 

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