STORRS, Conn. – Dreams were accomplished and medals were earned at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games and for former UConn track and field star Phylicia George, a third time’s a charm. George left for Pyeongchang a three-time Olympian and returned a bronze medalist in the women’s bobsled.
In the women’s two-man bobsleigh on Wednesday night, George alongside teammate and pilot Kallie Humphries, a two-time gold medalist, stood side-by-side on the podium after capturing a bronze medal for team Canada.
Despite entering the final two races in fifth, the duo strung together their best two runs of the games to land on the podium with an overall time of 3:22.89. Germany’s Mariama Lamanka took the gold by less than a tenth of a second over American Elana Meyers Taylor, 3:22.45 to 3:22.52.
“I’m so excited we were able to compete and compete well and I’m really excited about winning an Olympic medal.”
With her first run of the Olympic Games George made history, becoming the first African American women from Canada to compete in both the Summer and Winter Olympics. This was George’s third Olympics, but first Winter Games, and her first medal. George competed in the 2012 London Game and 2016 Rio Games in the 100-meter hurdles, where she fnished sixth and eight, respectively, as a member of team Canada.
The Markham, Ontario give much of her credit to her time spent in Connecticut.
“I owe so much to UConn,” said Geroge. “It helped lay the foundation.” “Going to UConn totally changed my mindset. I am the athlete I am today because I competed there. Coach (Clive) Terrelonge believed in me more than I believed in myself. He taught me what hard work was and he taught me to dream big.”
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