Before last week, Jamie Greubel Poser had tried for five seasons to earn a medal on a German bobsled track, long thought to be the toughest tracks in the world for Team USA. In her sixth season on the circuit, the U.S. women’s bobsled driver has now medaled on two of the four tracks in Germany.
Greubel Poser teamed with Cherrelle Garrett to win Saturday’s women’s race in Winterberg, Germany, in a two-run time of 1:53.74. Fellow Americans Elana Meyers Taylor and Kehri Jones were second, 0.15 seconds back. Two-time defending Olympic champion Kaillie Humphries of Canada was pushed by Melissa Lotholz for bronze, 0.35 seconds behind the winners.
The U.S. has not had two women’s sleds on the podium at a German track in at least 10 seasons, if ever.
“It takes an entire team to win these medals,” said Greubel Poser, according to USA Bobsled and Skeleton. “Elana and I haven’t been at the top of our game, but our teammates and coaches have given us that extra push to make sure we have everything we need.”
Greubel Poser’s win is the second of her career and her 13th total world cup medal. Her first win came in January 2014, when she won in Igls, Austria, with Lauryn Williams.
The Winterberg win comes one week after she and Lauren Gibbs opened the season with a bronze medal in Altenberg, Germany, as the only Americans to medal in either bobsled or skeleton at that world cup.
“I’m thrilled to finally medal on a German track,” Greubel Poser said at the time. “It’s something I’ve been trying to achieve for the last couple of years, and I have a bunch of fourth-place finishes, but I was never on the podium in Germany. It feels good to get that goal accomplished right away this season.”
Greubel Poser is married to German bobsledder Christian Poser, who pushed Nico Walther to silver in last week’s four-man race.
For Garrett, who pushed Meyers Taylor to the first world title won by U.S. women last season, this marked her third medal with Greubel Poser and eighth total. She slid with Greubel Poser twice last season, earning bronze both times, and won five golds with Meyers Taylor.
Meyers Taylor and Jones, who was competing in her first world cup, broke the start record with times of 5.45 and 5.43 seconds. The previous world record, 5.48, was set by Meyers Taylor and Garrett at last season’s world championships.
“Kehri had a stellar performance,” Meyers Taylor said. “She didn’t just break the start record, she helped crush it today and I’m really proud of her. That’s not an easy feat. I’m so proud of Jamie too; winning her first race in Germany shows the talent we have on this team all around.”
The silver medal was Meyers Taylor’s first of the season, after finishing eighth last week in Altenberg. It was the lowest finish for the reigning overall world cup champion since a 12th place in January 2014 in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
“To come back and do this is huge,” Meyers Taylor said. “I was struggling to find my form since last year, so to come back and do this is super exciting. I made some mistakes today, but with limited runs coming into the race, we did the best we could and I’m proud of how we performed.”
In the men’s two-man race, Nick Cunningham and Carlo Valdes finished fourth. It was Cunningham’s best finish ever on a German track in two- or four-man, and also marked the best finish by U.S. men at any world cup since Cunningham and Casey Wickline won two-man bronze in December 2014 in Lake Placid, New York.
After Sunday's four-person race, the bobsled and skeleton world cup heads to Koenigssee, Germany, next weekend before picking back up in January in North America.