The irresistible force that is Elana Meyers Taylor continued to be felt in women’s bobsled as the two-time Olympic medalist claimed her fourth consecutive gold medal Saturday in Igls, Austria.
Meyers Taylor and Lolo Jones had the fastest starts and fastest runs of the day for a total time of 1:46.14, defeating two-time Olympic champion and current world cup leader Kaillie Humphries by 0.25 seconds. The 2014 Olympic bronze-medal team of Jamie Greubel Poser and Aja Evans took bronze in 1:46.53 to give the Americans their third consecutive and fifth double podium of the season. The last time a nation had as many double podiums in one season was 2013-14 by Team USA. Since the start of the 2012-13 season, American sleds have recorded a total of 18 double podiums; the only other nation to earn doubles in that time is Germany, with six.
The race also marked Jones' career-first world cup victory and her seventh medal overall.
Brittany Reinbolt and Lauren Gibbs finished sixth in 1:47.06, putting all three American sleds in the top six for the second time this season.
"I'm just trying to take it curve by curve and do the best I can, and luckily I have the best coaches to help me figure out the tracks each week," Meyers Taylor said, according to USA Bobsled & Skeleton. "I also have the great support of my teammates, who push me every day to be better. It's awesome to have all three USA sleds in the top six today, especially on a European track."
Since a rocky start to the world cup season with a crash on her first run in Whistler, British Columbia, Meyers Taylor has been virtually unstoppable, reeling off six straight medals, including golds at the last four races. Saturday’s victory pushed her into third place in the world cup standings with 1,320 points, 99 behind Greubel Poser, whose earned her fourth consecutive and sixth podium overall this season.
The American women recorded their 10th consecutive podium and third straight double podium on Innsbruck’s Igls track, a string that includes Meyers Taylor’s bronze medal at last year’s world championships.
With the European portion of the world cup season concluded, the women turn their attention to the world championships Feb. 17-26 in Königssee, Germany, followed by the world cup conclusion March 18-19 at the Olympic test event in PyeongChang, South Korea.