Elana Meyers Taylor and Sylvia Hoffman slide during the 2-women Bobsleigh heats during the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 on Feb. 18, 2022 in Yanqing, China.
BEIJING — Day one of the two-woman bobsled at the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 saw new records set with the potential for more to come.
Four-time Olympian Elana Meyers Taylor and newcomer brakewoman Sylvia Hoffman — who are sitting in third place for Team USA after two heats — set a new start record of 5.33 on their first run and then matched it on their second.
Days earlier, at the Yanqing National Sliding Centre, Meyers Taylor set her first start record of the Games when monobob made its Olympic debut. And like today, she did it on her first run.
If history continues to repeat itself, that would mean another new shiny medal for Meyers Taylor, 37, who finished that race in second place — behind the U.S.’s Kaillie Humphries — making her the oldest American female athlete to win a medal at the Winter Olympics.
It’s a thought Meyers Taylor is trying to push from her mind.
“I think you can’t help but think about it a little bit. You obviously want to medal,” she said going into the two-woman finals after finishing the heats with a time of 2:02.79. “But at the end of the day, I’m just going to go out there and have fun tomorrow.”
For first-time Olympian, Hoffman, she plans to just follow her teammate’s lead. “I’m able to slide with a veteran slider. She’s been doing this for several years, and I trust her from start to finish. That’s our motto: From start to finish,” she said.
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