Jamie Greubel Poser and Lauren Gibbs opened the 2016-17 women’s bobsled world cup season with a bronze medal Saturday evening on the 2010 Olympic track in Whistler, British Columbia.
After the first run, two-time Olympic champion Kaillie Humphries and world cup rookie Cynthia Appiah of Canada were in the lead with Greubel Poser and Gibbs just 0.12 seconds behind. But their lead of 0.06 over Austria’s Christina Hengster and Sanne Monique Dekker was not enough to secure the silver in the end.
The Austrians were 0.15 seconds faster than Greubel Poser and Gibbs on their second run to slip past with a total time of 1:46.77, only 0.09 seconds ahead of the Americans’ 1:46.86. Humphries and Appiah took the gold, posting a 1:46.53.
"Even though I dropped back in the second run, I had another really great run and I can't be mad about that," said Greubel Poser, who medaled at six of last season’s eight races. "We gave everything we had, including two great pushes."
Brittany Reinbolt, beginning her first full world cup season, and Briauna Jones, in her first world cup race, finished a full second behind the leaders, their 1:47.77 good for seventh place.
Two-time Olympic medalist Elana Meyers Taylor and Kehri Jones were laying down a blistering first run – 0.35 seconds ahead of the leader’s pace – but lost control and crashed about two-thirds down the course, ejecting Jones from the sled. The duo had won a pair of medals together last season, including gold in Igls, Austria, but open this season without a result.