Phylicia George became a dual season Olympian at PyeongChang 2018, making her Olympic debut as a bobsledder after competing in track and field at London 2012 and Rio 2016. In South Korea, she and pilot Kaillie Humphries captured bronze for George’s first Olympic medal.
After spending four years at the University of Connecticut, George had her breakthrough year in 2011 when she broke the 13-second barrier for the first time in the 100m hurdles. She finished second at the Canadian Championships, qualifying her for the IAAF World Championships where she made the final.
At the 2012 Canadian Championships, she won the 100m and finished second in the 100m hurdles, qualifying her for the London Games in two events, although she ultimately decided to just focus on the hurdles. The decision paid off as she advanced to the final, finishing fifth with a personal best time of 12.65 seconds. George was forced to sit out the entire 2013 season with a hamstring problem. She had tendinopathy in her left leg and two tears in her right leg. After eight months of rehab, she was able to return to competition in 2014, which included a trip to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. In 2015, she finished second at the Canadian championships before posting a fifth-place finish at the Pan Am Games in Toronto. In her first trip to the IAAF World Championships in four years, she came just shy of advancing to the 100m hurdles final.
Returning to the Olympic Games at Rio 2016, George once again made it to the 100m hurdles final. She also helped the 4x100m relay team advance to the final. After the Games, Humphries contacted her to see if she might be interested in trying bobsleigh. Although George had never considered it, she decided to go for it. Just two weeks after she competed at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, she was off to Calgary to start push training. George competed in her first international bobsleigh race on the North American Cup circuit in November 2017. Just a few weeks later, she made her World Cup debut in Innsbruck, pushing Humphries to a fourth-place finish. In their next outing in early January 2018, they stood atop the podium together in Altenberg. They added a silver medal a couple of weeks later in Königssee.
A little more about Phylicia…
Getting into the Sport: Began running hurdles at 15… Had started by racing her dad in parking lots and fell in love with running, racing and competing… Outside Interests: Enjoys reading, watching movies, photography, anything related to hair and makeup, travelling… Graduated with summa cum laude honours from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences in 2010… Odds and Ends: Favourite motto: “Do something today that your future self will thank you for”… Inspired by Muhammed Ali… Had her Olympic dream sparked by watching Atlanta 1996…
|2012 London||Athletics||Hurdles 100m - Women||6|
|2016 Rio||Athletics||Hurdles 100m - Women||8|
|2016 Rio||Athletics||Relay 4x100m - Women||7|
|2018 PyeongChang||Bobsleigh||Two-Man - Women||Bronze|
Notable International Results
Olympic Winter Games: 2018 – BRONZE (2-man bobsleigh)
Olympic Summer Games: 2016 – 8th (100m hurdles), 7th (4x100m relay); 2012 – 5th (100m hurdles)
IAAF World Championships: 2017 - 15th (100m hurdles); 2015 – 10th (100m hurdles); 2011 – 7th (100m hurdles)
Pan American Games: 2015 – 5th (100m hurdles)
Commonwealth Games: 2014 – 5th in H (100m hurdles), 4th (4x100m relay)