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Meyers and Jones continue U.S. women’s bobsled medal streak with silver medal performance
WINTERBERG, Germany (Jan. 5, 2014)- Elana Meyers (Douglasville, Ga.) and Lolo Jones (Des Moines, Iowa) silenced any doubt that the Americans’ medal streak first half was a result of home track advantage by earning a silver medal in Winterberg, Germany today. The pair battled back from a mishap in the first run to climb three spots into medal position.
“I feel good with the outcome, but I don’t feel great about my performance,” Meyers said. “I watched my runs after the race and realized that no one had perfect runs today, so it made me feel a little better. I’m still not happy with my runs, but I’m definitely satisfied with a medal.”
Meyers is normally one of the fastest sleds off the start block, but a mishap in the first run resulted in a sub par push time of 5.64 seconds. The crew stopped the clock at 57.90 for fifth position, 0.14 seconds from the lead.
“I made a mistake on the first push by running too short,” Meyers said. “Lolo followed me like a good brakeman should, and it resulted in a slower push.”
Meyers and Jones didn’t hold back in the second heat. The pair drove the BMW sled off the start block in 5.52 seconds, over a tenth of a second improvement from the first heat, and crossed the finish line in 57.52 seconds. Meyers and Jones waited at the finish as their combined time of 1:55.42 held up to three competitors, moving them into silver medal position.
“Lolo definitely showed her fight by dropping a few hundredths in the second heat,” Meyers said. “Coming back and doing that is impressive. I felt better about my drive, but I still have a lot of room to gain time on these tracks.”
Sandra Kiriasis and Franziska Fritz were a mere one-hundredth of a second ahead of USA-1 to claim gold on their home track with a total time of 1:55.41. Anja Schneiderheinze and Stephanie Schneider posted a two-run total of 1:55.48 for third. Today was the first World Cup race the German women have medaled in this season.
Jamie Greubel (Newtown, Pa.) teamed with Aja Evans (Chicago, Ill.) in the Putinka branded sled for fourth place. Greubel spent last season playing catch up while recovering from knee surgery, and has emerged this season as a medal contender for Sochi after reaching the podium in the first four races. It looked like her streak would continue today when she and Evans pushed their way to the lead in the first run. The duo burst off the start block in 5.59 seconds for a run of 57.76, but home track driver Anja Schneiderheize was just 0.03 seconds off their pace.
Greubel and Evans bettered their start by two-hundredths in the second heat, and Greubel piloted the team to an identical finish time of 57.76 seconds. USA-2 was 0.04 seconds short of a medal, finishing fourth behind the tenacious Germans and their teammates with a combined time of 1:55.52.
“Leading a race for the first time isn’t easy, and Jamie did a really great job today,” Meyers said. “We don’t have a lot of runs on this track, so for her to come out and do what she did says a lot about her as a driver. We really push each other every week and every training run, and that’s what we need to do in order to accomplish our goal of finishing 1-2-3 at the Olympics.”
Jazmine Fenlator (Wayne, N.J.) and Lauryn Williams (Miami, Fla.) were in sixth after a first run of 58.03 seconds. Fenlator couldn’t afford to make any mistakes in the final heat if she wanted to maintain position or move up. The duo powered the sled off the block with an impressive push time of 5.59 seconds, but a few minor taps down the track was enough to drop the team three positions into ninth with a total time of 1:56.09.
All six of the women’s and men’s two-man sleds were manufactured by BMW of North America. “Driving on Ice,” a documentary about the sled project’s quest to help Team USA bring home gold in Sochi, will air today at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC.
The Winterberg World Cup concludes with a four-man bobsled race at 12:30 p.m. local time. Please contact Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Director, at email@example.com or 518-354-2250 with media inquiries.
1. Sandra Kiriasis and Franziska Fritz (GER) 1:55.41 (57.83, 57.58); 2. Elana Meyers and Lolo Jones (USA) 1:55.42 (57.90, 57.52); 3. Anja Schneiderheinze and Stephanie Schneider (GER) 1:55.48 (57.79, 57.69); 2. Jamie Greubel and Aja Evans (USA) 1:55.52 (57.76, 57.76);…9. Jazmine Fenlator and Lauryn Williams (USA) 1:56.09 (58.03, 58.06);
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