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Elana Meyers Taylor And Lauren Gibbs End Bobsled World Cup Season With Silver

By Karen Price | Feb. 23, 2019, 6:16 p.m. (ET)

Lauren Gibbs (L) and Elana Meyers Taylor pose for a portrait with their women's bobsled Olympic silver medals at the "TODAY" set on Feb. 22, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.


Three-time Olympic medalist Elana Meyers Taylor rounded out the world cup bobsled season in typical fashion — on the podium.

For Saturday’s season finale, Meyers Taylor was reunited with 2018 Olympic teammate Lauren Gibbs to race on the 1988 Olympic track in Calgary, Alberta. The two had the best start time and sat in second place after the first heat, just .19 seconds off the lead.

They finished .31 seconds behind world cup leader Mariama Jamanka and Annika Drazek, of Germany, who came away with the win. Rounding out the top three were Stephanie Schneider and Ann-Christin Strack, also of Germany.

Meyers Taylor finishes the season with medals at every world cup except one. She was in position for a bronze medal in the first race of the season but was disqualified because her sled was too light. She finishes with three third-place finishes, two second-place finishes and two victories.

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Meyers Taylor ends the world cup season ranked third, with Jamanka winning the series and Schneider finishing second. This is the Georgia native’s third consecutive season being ranked in the top three.

Although Meyers Taylor has raced most of the season with rookie Lake Kwaza, with whom she partnered to win gold in Lake Placid, New York, last weekend, she and Gibbs raced together one other time this season and won gold. Their victory in St. Moritz, Switzerland, at the end of January ended Germany’s 24-race winning streak. Meyers Taylor and Gibbs won the silver medal together a year ago to the day on Thursday (Feb. 21) at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

This could be the last weekend for world cup racing on the 33-year-old Calgary track, which lacks the funding for $25 million in necessary renovations and is due to be closed indefinitely.

Next on USA Bobsled & Skeleton’s schedule is the world championships, set for March 1-9 in Whistler, British Columbia.

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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