One week after being named as the USA-1 pairing for the 2018 U.S. Olympic Women’s Bobsled Team, Elana Meyers Taylor and Lauren Gibbs showed that they are medal favorites for next month’s Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.
Meyers Taylor, a two-time Olympic medalist, and Gibbs, who is headed to her first Olympics, took bronze Saturday at the IBSF World Cup in Koenigssee, Germany. They clocked a two-run time of 1:42.07 to finish 0.32 seconds behind Germany’s winning team of Stephanie Schneider and Annika Drazek. Reigning Olympic gold medalist Kaillie Humphries and Phylicia George of Canada were three-hundreths of a second ahead of the Americans to take silver, while Jamie Greubel Poser and Aja Evans, the other U.S. Olympic team, were seventh.
While Meyers Taylor and Gibbs were sitting in second after the first run, they finished fourth in the second to take bronze – but there was a silver lining. They set the track’s start record with a push of 5.11 seconds. One run later, the Germans tied their record.
The Koenigssee World Cup is the eighth and final one of the season.
Meyers Taylor has medaled in seven of eight world cup events this season with one gold, four silvers and two bronzes. The 33-year-old won a silver medal at the 2014 Olympics with brakeman Lauryn Williams. Meyers Taylor also won Olympic bronze in 2010, when she was a brakeman, with driver Erin Pac.
Gibbs, 33, won her third world cup medal of the season with Meyers Taylor, with the first two coming in Lake Placid, New York and Winterberg, Germany. The former volleyball player at Brown University also paired up with Olympic bronze medalist Greubel Poser for gold in Park City, Utah.
Meyers Taylor and Gibbs won bronze together at the 2016 world championships.