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Elana Meyers Taylor Wins Fifth World Cup Medal Of The Season With Third Different Push Athlete

By Karen Price | Dec. 16, 2017, 11:20 a.m. (ET)

Elana Meyers Taylor and Kehri Jones celebrate after their second run at the BMW IBSF World Cup at Deutsche Post Eisarena Koenigssee on Jan. 27, 2017 in Koenigssee, Germany.


Two-time Olympic medalist Elana Meyers Taylor is now five-for-five in world cup races this season after she and Kehri Jones raced to a silver medal Saturday in women’s bobsled at Igls, Austria.

Meyers Taylor and Jones finished with a total time of 1:46.64, just .036 behind winners Stephanie Schneider and Annika Drazek of Germany, who recorded a time of 1:46.28. It was another pair of Germans just a fraction of a second behind the American duo, with Mariama Jamanka and Lisa Buckwitz clocking in at 1:46.65.

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This was Meyers Taylor’s third silver to add to the two bronze medals she’s won so far this year. On Saturday, she was hampered by a sore back she injured earlier this week in practice, but she and Jones nonetheless registered the second-fastest push times of the day. Meyers Taylor, who has an Olympic silver and bronze medal to her name, has competed with three different push athletes so far this season. This was her second medal with Jones to go along with a bronze they won in Whistler, Canada. 

Olympian Jamie Greubel Poser paired with Lauren Gibbs to finish in sixth place overall, while Brittany Reinbolt and 2014 Olympic bronze medalist Aja Evans finished in eighth.

In the men’s two-man race, the U.S. had a pair of top 10 finishers with Nick Cunningham and Hakeem Abdul-Saboor finishing in sixth and Codie Bascue and Sam McGuffie coming in eighth. 

Racing continues on Sunday with the four-man bobsled event, and then the team returns home for a short break in the schedule before racing resumes in Altenberg, Germany, in early January. 

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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