After Qualifying In A Borrowed Sled, Elana Meyers Taylor Medals In Fourth Consecutive Bobsled World Cup

By Gary R. Blockus | Dec. 09, 2017, 4:06 p.m. (ET)
Elana Meyers Taylor and Lauren Gibbs celebrate at the IBSF World Championships at Olympiabobbahn Igls on Feb. 14, 2016 in Innsbruck, Austria.

 

Two-time Olympic bobsled medalist and world champion Elana Meyers Taylor continued her hot streak by medaling in her fourth straight IBSF world cup this season on Saturday.

Meyers Taylor teamed with Lauren Gibbs to earn the silver medal in Winterberg, Germany, the site of her first career world championship title in 2015. Meyers Taylor’s four podiums this season include two silver medals and two bronze medals. 

Saturday marked the first time the Team USA raced its sleds at this world cup. The U.S. sleds were held up in customs until Friday night, and the team had to borrow equipment from other teams in order to qualify for the race.

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“I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy to get a silver as I am today,” Meyers Taylor said. “It’s been a crazy week, and that’s an understatement. We didn’t get our sleds until yesterday, so the two runs today were the first time we had used them in Winterberg.”

The duo sat in sixth place after a first run time of 57.88, but Meyers Taylor piloted the BMW sled to the fastest time of the second heat at 57.28, finishing in second place in a combined 1:55.16. Germany’s Stephanie Schneider and Lisa Buckwitz won in 1:54.90, giving Schneider her first world cup victory.

Gibbs and Meyers Taylor, who has won Olympic silver and bronze medals, were one-hundredth of a second faster in the second run than Schneider and Buckwitz. Germany’s Mariama Jamanka and Annika Drazek took bronze in 1:55.18. Meyers Taylor had won her two previous world cup races on this track.

Team USA’s Jamie Greubel Poser and Aja Evans finished sixth in 1:55.37.

Gary R. Blockus is a journalist from Allentown, Pennsylvania who has covered multiple Olympic Games. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.