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Meyers Taylor and Jones win Women’s Bobsled World Championship

Meyers Taylor and Jones win Women’s Bobsled World Championship

Greubel Poser and Evans secure bronze for Team USA

Team USA won gold and bronze at the Bobsled World Championships (USABS photo)

KOENIGSSEE, Germany (Feb. 18, 2017)- Elana Meyers Taylor (Douglasville, Ga.) and Kehri Jones (Killeen, Texas) held on to their overnight lead to win the women’s bobsled World Championship title today, while Olympic bronze medal teammates Jamie Greubel Poser (Newtown, Pa.) and Aja Evans (Chicago, Ill.) maintained their medal position to secure the bronze medal for Team USA.
“I am ecstatic, we had to fight for every hundredth in this race and I am just over the moon that we came out on top,” Meyers Taylor said. “To come back on this track after the problems I’ve had here in the past, and even the problems I had earlier this week crashing during a training run, and to win is huge. It hasn’t sunk in yet, I’m just going to enjoy this.”

This is Meyers Taylor’s sixth World Championship medal of her career, and her second title. Meyers Taylor won her first World Championships in 2015 with Cherrelle Garrett in Winterberg, Germany after beating out three German crews to claim the first-ever crown for the U.S. women’s program. This was Jones’ second World Championship appearance and her first World Championship medal. Jones was recruited in 2015 after running track at Baylor University, and she and Meyers Taylor have been on a medal-winning streak all season.

Meyers Taylor and Jones started the second day of competition with a start time of 5.13 seconds, and Meyers Taylor narrowly extended her overnight lead of 0.02 seconds to 0.03 seconds over the field with a third run of 50.86.

Knowing that even the smallest mistake could erase their lead, the duo powered the BMW sled off the block in 5.12 seconds to set a new start record and take the reigns of the competition. Meyers Taylor expertly guided her sled to the finish in 50.75 seconds to win her second career World Championship title with a combined time of 3:24.75.

“It seems like the easiest pushes are always the fastest,” Jones said. “I feel amazing, it’s unreal.”

Team USA’s Greubel Poser and Evans powered the KOA branded BMW sled off the start block for identical push times of 5.19 seconds in the final two heats to give the duo a fighting chance for gold. A costly mistake in today’s first heat put distance between the Americans and the lead, but it did not impact their medal position. Greubel Poser rebounded in the finale with the fastest time of the entire competition, 50.70 seconds, to secure the bronze medal with a four-run combined time of 3:24.98. Greubel Poser clocked two of the fastest runs in the four-heat contest for gold.

“I’m feeling a lot of different emotions right now,” Greubel Poser said. “At the end of the day I’m happy to take home my first World Championship medal, and to be able to share that with my family is huge. I had no idea they were coming, and it’s amazing to have that support.”

Greubel Poser’s best World Championship finish going into the 2017 race was fifth place in the 2016 Igls, Austria event and the 2015 Winterberg event. While Greubel Poser was pleased to medal today, falling short of gold ignited her desire to win even more.

“It lights a fire for us, there’s more we can improve on and this will fuel us all summer and into the Olympic year,” Greubel Poser said.

North Americans denied the Germans a podium finish on their home track. Canadians Kaillie Humphries and Melissa Lotholz threatened Meyers Taylor and Jones for the win, but the reigning Olympic champion was unable to chase down Meyers Taylor and Jones. Humphries and Lotholz settled for silver with a total time of 3:24.78, just two-tenths of a second ahead of Greubel Poser and Evans.

“Jamie gave us a run for our money as well as Kaillie, and to have a North American sweep is awesome,” Meyers Taylor said. “Competition between us is getting tighter, and it makes certain we’ll be battling it out each and every curve of the way.”

Brittany Reinbolt (Searcy, Ark.) teamed with 2016 World Championship bronze medalist Lauren Gibbs (Los Angeles, Calif.) for 12th place in her debut. The duo posted competitive starts of 5.21 and 5.23 seconds for day two runs of 51.30 and 51.28, respectively. Reinbolt and Gibbs dropped two spots from their overnight position into 12th, just 0.04 seconds from the top-10, with a four-run combined time of 3:26.32.

Results
1. Elana Meyers Taylor and Kehri Jones (USA) 3:24.75 (51.60, 51.54, 50.86, 50.75);
2. Kallie Humphries and Melissa Lotholz (CAN) 3:24.78 (51.68, 51.48, 50.87, 50.75);
3. Jamie Greubel Poser and Aja Evans (USA) 3:24.98 (51.81, 51.38, 51.09, 50.70);
12. Brittany Reinbolt and Lauren Gibbs (USA) 3:26.09 (52.11, 51.63, 51.30, 51.28);

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