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Elana Meyers Taylor Starts European Portion Of World Cup Circuit With Silver In Altenberg

By Craig Bohnert | Jan. 06, 2017, 10:33 a.m. (ET)

Elana Meyers Taylor and Lolo Jones start their first run at the 2017 IBSF World Cup Bobsled & Skeleton at Lake Placid Olympic Center on Dec. 16, 2016 in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Elana Meyers Taylor overcame a crash in training the day before to take second in the women’s bobsled world cup Friday in Altenberg, Germany.

Only 0.14 seconds behind behind two-time Olympic champion Kaillie Humphries of Canada after the first run, Meyers Taylor and Kehri Jones posted a total time of 1:54.85. Humphries found additional time on her second run to pad her lead, finishing with a total of 1:54.15, 0.70 faster than the Americans.

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It was the second podium of the season for Meyers Taylor, the reigning Olympic silver medalist who also earned bronze as a brakeman at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. After opening the season with a crash and disqualification in Whistler, British Columbia, Meyers Taylor bounced back to take silver in Lake Placid, New York, and carried that momentum into the European portion of the world cup circuit. Her back-to-back silvers move her in to sixth in the world cup standings with 420 points.

Jamie Greubel Poser, who took bronze at the 2014 Olympics, entered the Altenberg race tied with Humphries for the top of the world cup rankings. Mired in 10th after Friday’s snowy first run with Olympic brakeman Aja Evans, they bounced back to post the second-fastest second run time, but it wasn’t enough to find the podium, finishing fifth in 1:55.17. She drops into second in the overall standings with 609 points, 41 behind Humphries.

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