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Meyers and Eberling earn World Championship silver medal
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Jan. 26, 2013)-Elana Meyers (Douglasville, Ga.) and Katie Eberling (Palos Hills, Ill.) secured the 2013 World Championship silver medal after a fierce battle in the final two runs of the women’s bobsled race in St. Moritz this morning. Teams shuffled position in each run to create a ferocious race for the podium in the final heat.
“That was a fun race,” Meyers said. “Katie and I knew we had to battle it out against these experienced teams and that the only way we’d be in the medal hunt was if we laid it all on the line. That’s what we did.”
Meyers and Eberling were in bronze medal position heading into today’s final runs. The pair started today with a run of 1:07.59 to briefly move into second position. German legend Sandra Kiriasis clocked the fastest run of the third heat to overtake not only her own teammates Anja Shneiderheinze and Cathleen Martini, but also USA-1. With the Canadian and German teams ahead of them and two German teams closing in behind them, Meyers and Eberling knew they would have to post the best run of their career to stay in the medals.
“Before the final run I told my teammates that I would be crying at the finish either way, whether I won a medal or lost,” Meyersa said. “I knew I had to take it all out there, and we didn’t leave anything behind. I know we gave it everything we had in that last heat."
Meyers and Eberling responded to the tough competition by blasting the KOA sled off the block in 5.42 seconds to shatter their own start record set yesterday.
“We knew it would be a battle and that every hundredth would count at the finish,” Eberling said. “Anytime you’re pushing behind Elana you know you’re going to put up a good time. We were fired up and went for it, and I am so proud of Elana for putting it together during the run.”
Meyers steered the KOA sled to the finish in 1:07.16 to overtake Kiriasis, and their combined four-run time of 4:30.99 guaranteed Meyers and Eberling their second career World Championship medal. The difference between silver and bronze was just 0.02 seconds, so every hundredth gained by USA-1 at the start helped Meyers and Eberling secure second place.
“I am ecstatic,” Eberling said. “I can’t believe it, this is so exciting. I am humbled, because this women’s field is incredible. We are also so fortunate to have an incredible team of athletes, coaches, friends and family supporting us along the way.”
“We’ve had so many messages from people cheering us on, and the support worldwide is phenomenal,” Meyers said. “I can’t say enough about the support of our team, and they really make this feel like home.”
Meyers is only in her third year as a pilot, and only the second season for Eberling. The pair impressed the field by winning the 2012 World Championship bronze medal on home ice in Lake Placid, N.Y., and have now solidified themselves as one of the best teams in the world after winning silver in St. Moritz today.
Kaillie Humphries displayed her expertise and defended her title with ease and grace alongside brakeman Chelsea Valois. Although Humphries made a few small errors in the final run, she had enough time in the bank from the first day to claim gold by a large margin of 0.68 seconds with a total time of 4:30.31. The Canadians will be the first women’s competitors to have their names etched on the inaugural trophy. Kiriasis and Franziska Bertels claimed bronze with a four-run combined time of 4:31.01.
Jazmine Fenlator (Wayne, N.J.) and Aja Evans (Chicago, Ill.) stepped it up today with aggressive start times of 5.51 and 5.50 seconds. Third-year driver Fenlator struggled at the top of the course after bumping the wall and skidding through the first straight, and the team fell back two spots from yesterday after the third heat. Fenlator tidied up her final run to gain back the two spots, and USA-2 finished eighth with a four-run combined time of 4:32.65.
Jamie Greubel (Newtown, Pa.) and Olympian Emily Azevedo (Chico, Calif.) once again powered the Sliding for Hope sled off the block with impressive start times of 5.56 seconds in both heats today. Greubel is still learning the ropes as a third-year pilot and made a few small errors down the course that dropped three USA-3 three spots from yesterday. Greubel and Azevedo finished 15th with a four-run total of 4:34.15.
The women will get once more chance for World Championship gold in tomorrow’s team event, which immediately follows the final men’s two-man bobsled final runs. For a complete timetable of tomorrow’s events, visit www.usbsf.com. Please contact Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-354-2250 with media inquiries.
1. Kaillie Humphries and Chelsea Valois (CAN) 4:30.31 (1:08.18, 1:07.88, 1:07.22, 1:07.03); 2. Elana Meyers and Katie Eberling (USA) 4:30.99 (1:08.30, 1:07.94, 1:07.59, 1:07.16); 3. Sandra Kiriasis and Franziska Bertels (GER) 4:31.01 (1:08.42, 1:08.24, 1:07.13, 1:07.22);…8. Jazmine Fenlator and Aja Evans (USA) 4:32.65 (1:08.19, 1:07.32);…15. Jamie Greubel and Emily Azevedo (USA) 4:34.15 (1:09,03, 1:08.86, 1:08.20, 1:08.06);
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