KOENIGSSEE, Germany (Jan. 27, 2017)- Elana Meyers Taylor (Douglasville, Ga.) earned her third consecutive victory in today’s women’s bobsled World Cup race with Kehri Jones (Killeen, Texas) in Koenigssee, while Olympic bronze medal teammates Jamie Greubel Poser (Newtown, Pa.) and Aja Evans (Chicago, Ill.) combined forces for second place for a Team USA 1-2 finish. Today’s race was a dress rehearsal for the 2017 World Championships, which will be held in Koenigssee from Feb. 14-26.
“I’m super excited,” Meyers Taylor said. “I have some kinks to iron out before World Championships, and this week gave us an opportunity to push full speed and take trips at full speed to test equipment. There’s always room for improvement. Jamie and me are going to get after it, and I think it will be even closer at World Championships.”
Meyers Taylor and Jones kicked off today’s race by powering the BMW sled off the start in 5.20 seconds, fastest of the field, for a run of 50.36 to lead by 0.13 seconds over teammates Greubel Poser and Evans in the first heat. Meyers Taylor and Jones followed up their first heat with a start and downtime of 5.20 and 50.65 seconds, respectively, to solidify their win with a combined time of 1:41.01.
“I had a rough week of training, and I was really struggling with the exit of Kreisel,” Meyers Taylor said. “Sepp [Plozza] went over the exit with me ad nauseam yesterday, and I was able to improve on race day and win.”
Meyers’ Taylor has already earned two silver and two gold medals, making today’s victory her fifth medal of the season. With today’s win, Meyers Taylor is ranked fourth in overall World Cup standings with 1095 points.
Greubel Poser and Evans were on the heels of their teammates with identical starts of 5.22 seconds in the two-heat competition, and Greubel Poser threaded together runs of 50.49 and 50.78 seconds in the KOA branded BMW sled to secure the silver medal in 1:41.27. Greubel Poser and Evans clocked the fastest velocity at the start today, and held a huge margin of 0.40 seconds over today’s third place finishers, Germany’s Maiama Jamanka and Annika Drazek.
Greubel Poser was disappointed with her performance last weekend in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where she claimed bronze, feeling like she left something behind on the track. The 2014 Olympic medalist was eager to refocus this week.
“Every week is different and you have to leave the race prior behind and focus on the new week,” Greubel Poser said. “I obviously want to win every week, there’s always that drive. It’s also been really great to have Aja back, we’re getting more consistent runs together and it’s nice to have this opportunity.”
This is also Greubel Poser’s fifth medal this season after earning three bronzes and one gold so far this season. Greubel Poser is ranked second in overall ranking with 1219 points behind Canadian Kaillie Humprhies, who has tallied 1236 points.
Brittany Reinbolt (Searcy, Ark.) and Lauren Gibbs (Los Angeles, Calif.) teamed together for starts of 5.32 and 5.35 and runs of 51.22 and 51.90 seconds, respectively. The pair finished 15th with a combined time of 1:43.12. This week was Reinbolt’s first time driving the technical German course, racing today after just six training runs.