Greubel and Azevedo lead U.S. women's bobsledders with fourth place in St. Moritz
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Greubel and Azevedo lead U.S. women’s bobsledders with fourth place in St. Moritz
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Jan. 11, 2014)- Third year pilot Jamie Greubel (Newtown, Pa.) teamed with veteran Emily Azevedo (Chico, Calif.) to lead the U.S. in St. Moritz today with a fourth place finish in the women’s bobsled World Cup. The pair was in silver medal position after the first run, but outstanding runs by experienced drivers left little room for error in the final heat. Greubel and Azevedo put forth their best effort but fell back two positions to finish a mere 0.10 seconds from the medals.
“I’m frustrated,” Greubel said. “We set a really high standard at the beginning of the season, so it’s hard not meeting that. Fourth is a pretty good place to be, but I’m still disappointed.”
Greubel came back from knee surgery to earn her first World Cup medal a year ago, showing just a glimpse of what was to come from the novice pilot. She had a breakthrough start to this season by earning a medal in every race during the first half, and even held the lead after the first heat of last week’s competition in Winterberg, Germany. Greubel, never having been in a position to win a World Cup race before, struggled with her composure and fell back into fourth. With higher expectations for herself, Greubel was determined to be back in the mix this week.
“I felt like I learned a lesson last week and was better prepared going into this week,” Greubel said.
Greubel and Azevedo powered off the block in 5.60 seconds and posted a first run of 1:08.46 for silver medal position. The pair bettered their start by one-hundredth of a second in the second run and clocked a consistent time of 1:08.79.
Reigning Olympic and World Champion Kaillie Humphries teamed with Heather Moyse to generate the headline of the day. Humphries made what she described as a “shocker of an error” out of corner Horseshoe in the first run and the Canadians were in 10th position. Moyse helped power Humphries to the fastest start of the field in the second heat, and Humphries expertly guided the sled to the finish for a record-breaking time of 1:08.15. The duo stood in the leader’s box and watched as their combined time of 2:16.96 held up to the next nine competitors, including Greubel and Azevedo, to take the lead and bump the Americans out of the medals.
“When I crossed the finish line I was surprised to see we had dropped back,” Greubel said. “I think I did a better job preparing myself than I did last week by keeping my composure and staying calm. At the end of the day, I know I’m still learning and I accomplished my goal of two consistent runs.”
Germans Cathleen Martini and Christin Senkel moved up from third to claim the silver medal with a combined time of 2:17.14. First run leaders Fabienne Meyer and Tanja Mayer clocked a total time of 2:17.15 to earn bronze for the host nation.
“It’s one more race down and one step closer to Sochi,” Greubel said. “I’m already preparing for the next race.”
Elana Meyers (Douglasville, Ga.) and Aja Evans (Chicago, Ill.) were in medal contention off the block with a start time of 5.52 seconds, but a few errors down the course placed them in an unfamiliar 16th position. Meyers hasn’t finished lower than second place this season, and her determination and grit showed in her second run as she piloted the sled to the third fastest time of the heat. Their combined time of 2:18.03 moved them up four spots to tie for 12th.
Jazmine Fenlator (Wayne, N.J.) and Katie Eberling (Palos Hills, Ill.) finished 17th with a two-run total of 2:18.94. The pair pushed starts of 5.63 and 5.68 for runs of 1:09.45 and 1:09.49, respectively.
The men’s two-man bobsled World Cup race is underway to complete the second day of racing in St. Moritz. Please contact Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-354-2250 with media inquiries.
1. Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse (CAN) 2:16.96 (1:08.81, 1:08.15); 2. Cathleen Martini and Christin Senkel (GER) 2:17.14 (1:08.54, 1:08.60); 3. Fabienne Meyer and Tanja Mayer (SUI) 2:17.15 (1:08.41, 1:08.74); 4. Jamie Greubel and Emily Azevedo (USA) 2:17.25 (1:08.46, 1:08.79);...12. Elana Meyers and Aja Evans (USA) 2:18.03 (1:09.44, 1:08.59);…17. Jazmine Fenlator and Katie Eberling (USA) 2:18.94 (1:09.45, 1:09.49);
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