Meyers and Evans capture silver in final women's bobsled World Cup
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Meyers and Evans capture silver in final women’s bobsled World Cup
KOENIGSSEE, Germany (Jan. 26, 2014)- Elana Meyers (Douglasville, Ga.) and Aja Evans (Chicago, Ill.) moved up six spots after a speedy second run to capture silver in the final women’s bobsled World Cup race of the season. Meyers concluded the regular season ranked second in overall standings, just one point from the lead.
“That was an unexpected finish to the season,” Meyers said. “I knew it would take solid drives throughout the entire season, and I definitely couldn’t have done it without my teammates, coaches and a great staff. All three pilots finished the season ranked in the top ten, and that’s really incredible for Team USA.”
Meyers and Evans were competitive off the start block in today’s race with a push time of 5.20 seconds, but steady snowfall and an error in the 360-degree Kreisel corner put the duo 0.48 seconds from the lead in eighth position.
“Between runs I was thinking about how much fun I have bobsledding,” Meyers said. “At the end of the day we’re sliding down a hill, and I can’t think of anything better I’d rather be doing on a Sunday afternoon. I’m having a blast, and I think that perspective helped me a lot going into that final run.”
Meyers and Evans powered the BMW sled off the block in 5.22 seconds, and Meyers threaded together a flawless second run. They bettered their finish by nearly a second in the final heat for a combined time of 1:44.27. Meyers and Evans stood in the leader’s box and watched as their total time stood up to six competitors to earn silver.
“We really fought to the very end and I think that shows in our finish,” Meyers said.
Meyers medaled in seven of the eight World Cup races this season, and five of those medal performances were with Evans.
“Aja is a great brakeman, and I’m so impressed with how much she’s learned in the past two years,” Meyers said. “It’s crazy to see her come into form during the Olympic season. I’m excited for all of the brakeman, and I can’t wait to see what happens next month in Sochi.”
Fabiene Meyer and Tanja Mayer had the best drive of their career to capture today’s win and the European Championship gold medal. The Swiss pair was victorious with a two-run total of 1:44.01. Canadians Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse finished third with a combined time of 1:44.29.
Humphries won the 2013-2014 World Cup title with 1629 points. Meyers was just one point behind in second, and Jamie Greubel (Newtown, Pa.) finished the season ranked third with 1563 points. Jazmine Fenlator (Wayne, N.J.) collected 1266 points to finish the season ranked seventh.
“I didn’t have any expectations of medaling when I started driving four year ago,” Meyers said. “Coming in as a driver, I was fortunate to have Jamie, Jazmine and Bree Schaaf pushing me as teammates and competitors. I owe a lot to them for helping me become the pilot I am today.”
Fenlator and Lolo Jones (Des Moines, Iowa) were in fourth after a first run of 52.43 seconds, but a long skid during the second drive dropped the team back four spots in a competitive race for the medals. The pair finished eighth with a total time of 1:44.57.
Greubel and Lauryn Williams (Miami, Fla.) had two solid runs, but struggled through the snow. The pair, who were victorious last weekend, finished 10th with a total time of 1:45.17.
The World Cup concludes today with the final men’s four-man bobsled run of the season. Please contact Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Director, at email@example.com or 518-354-2250 with media inquiries.
1. Fabienne Meyer and Tanja Mayer (SUI) 1:44.01 (52.14, 51.87); 2. Elana Meyers and Aja Evans (USA) 1:44.27 (52.60, 51.67); 3. Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse (CAN) 1:44.29 (52.12, 52.17);…8. Jazmine Fenlator and Lolo Jones (USA) 1:44.57 (52.43, 52.14); 10. Jamie Greubel and Lauryn Williams (USA) 1:45.17 (52.81, 52.36);
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