U.S. women's bobsledders continue medal streak with 2-3-4 finishes in Lake Placid
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U.S. women’s bobsledders continue medal streak with 2-3-4 finishes in Lake Placid World Cup
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (Dec. 14, 2013)-The U.S. women continued the team’s medal streak by earning silver and bronze medals in today’s bobsled World Cup in Lake Placid. Elana Meyers (Douglasville, Ga.) partnered with track sensation Lauryn Williams (Miami, Fla.) for a silver medal performance, followed 0.22 seconds by Jamie Greubel (Newtown, Pa.) and Katie Eberling (Palos Hills, Ill.) in third.
“I think it says a lot about where we are as a program right now,” Meyers said. “We are firing on all cylinders, equipment is running well and brakemen are fast.”
Meyers and Williams were just 0.02 seconds from Canadians Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse after clocking a first run of 56.65 seconds. Williams, who raced in only her second World Cup event today, helped push Meyers to the second fastest push time of the event, 5.51.
The Americans again clocked the second fastest start time of the heat, and despite losing some time down the course, Meyers was able to navigate the BMW sled to the finish in 1:53.78 to secure silver. Humphries and Moyse edged the Americans by 0.12 seconds to win with a total time of 1:53.66.
“I always know Kaillie is gunning for the top and I know she is a competitor and I can always expect for her to be up there,” Meyers said. “That is why we train together, we know we are going to push each other. I am looking forward to getting over to Europe and pushing her even more.”
Meyers has medaled in every World Cup event his season, including two gold medals earned last weekend in Park City, Utah. Williams claimed silver in her debut last week with Fenlator.
“I was incredibly nervous,” Williams said. “It is just that pressure for the rookie to do well, especially with Elana coming off of two wins, and I wanted to get a streak going for her. I only had two practices this week before jumping in her sled. I know how to run fast, but there is a steep learning curve with the running and hitting the sled. If I can get that stuff perfect, we are going to be golden.”
Greubel and Eberling powered the Putinka branded BMW sled to the third fastest time of the first heat, and they inched closer to their teammates with the second fastest time of the final heat. Greubel and Eberling secured bronze with a two-run total of 1:54.00. This is Greubel’s fourth medal of the season, and Eberling’s third.
“I definitely did not expect the season to go like this, so every week has felt like a surprise to me,” Greubel said. “It has been so exciting. I think it was really fun to come out here and follow the momentum of the rest of the men’s bobsled and skeleton athletes. We were looking up to them and hoping to follow them. I think having a better team atmosphere and working with each other and pushing each other has helped make us a better Team USA.”
“It’s been an amazing half for us,” Eberling said. “We have had a lot of support in North America, especially here on our home track today. We had everything to make us comfortable. The coaches, sled technicians, the U.S. Olympic Committee and Olympic Regional Development Authority have given us the maximum support needed to help us succeed.”
Jazmine Fenlator (Wayne, N.J.) and Emily Azevedo (Chico, Calif.) were in fifth position after the first heat and moved up one spot to finish fourth with a combined time of 1:54.07.
The U.S. team claimed five of the six available medals today, and nine of the 14 medal positions throughout the weekend. The Lake Placid event concludes tomorrow with the men’s four-man bobsled competition and a second women’s skeleton race. Please contact Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Director, at email@example.com or 518-354-2250 with media inquiries.
1. Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse (CAN) 1:53.66 (56.63, 57.03); 2. Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams (USA) 1:53.78 (56.65, 57.13); 3. Jamie Greubel and Katie Eberling (USA) 1:54.00 (56.93, 57.07); 4. Jazmine Fenlator and Emily Azevdeo (USA) 1:54.07 (56.99, 57.08);
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