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Greubel Poser and Gibbs continue medal streak with bronze in Park City
PARK CITY, UTAH (Jan. 15, 2016)- Jamie Greubel Poser (Newtown, Pa.) continued her medal streak after claiming a bronze medal in Park City’s women’s bobsled World Cup race with Lauren Gibbs (Los Angeles, Calif.) in the Under Armour wrapped BMW-made sled today. Greubel Poser is five-for-five, winning two gold medals and three bronze medals in the first five of eight World Cup races this season.
“It was always a goal to be on the podium every week,” Greubel Poser said. “Now my expectations are a little higher for myself. I’m really proud of us and happy to be in the medals. We just want more. It’s the nature of being a competitive athlete.”
Greubel Poser and Gibbs were third off the start in today’s competition. The duo was hindered at the start in the first heat by snow and clocked a push time of 5.35 seconds for a run of 50.36 seconds, placing them 0.09 seconds behind the pace set by Austrians Christina Hengster and Sanne Monique Dekker.
Greubel Poser and Gibbs bettered their start in the second run to a 5.23 and Greubel Poser drove their sled, nicknamed “Humble & Hungry,” to the finish in 50.49 seconds for a combined time of 1:40.85 to secure the bronze medal. Cheers from an adoring crowd of family and friends greeted the duo as they crossed the finish line.
“This is the first time my family has ever seen me slide,” Gibbs said. “They will either be excited or think that I’m completely nuts. I’m from Los Angeles, so to them this is unbelievably cold, but they’re extremely supportive so I know they will be really excited. My nephew was sliding down the track yelling good job to me, so you can’t hope for anything more than that. You always want to win on your home track, especially when your family is watching. I wasn’t really happy with the first push, but you can’t really control the weather. To come back and have a really great push and second run was all we could do and now we know how to handle the snow.”
Hengster and Dekker fell back into second place with a two-run total of 1:40.54. Canadians Kaillie Humphries and Melissa Lotholz posted a blistering second heat of 50.09 seconds to surge into the lead by 0.16 seconds with a combined time of 1:40.38.
“It’s great that our field is so competitive and that every week people are fighting for first,” Greubel Poser said. “It’s a little disappointing not to come away with a win on a home track, but at the same time we’ve done that to other people on their home tracks as well. Everyone has really good equipment this year and really competitive start times, so it’s just about who can put it together for two runs on race day.”
Nicole Vogt (Dallas, Texas) teamed with Malaikah Love (Carbondale, Ill.) for eighth place in the BMW-wrapped sled with a total time of 1:42.13. The pair clocked starts of 5.71 and 5.51 for runs of 51.10 and 51.03 seconds, respectively.
“It definitely felt good and I love racing on this track, so I just enjoyed the experience this week,” Vogt said. “There was really no pressure, I just tried to execute and do what I knew I could do and have a good time. I felt really good about my runs. Those were two of the best runs I’ve had all week and to have them on race day, you really can’t ask for anything more than that.”
Brittany Reinbolt (Searcy, Ark.) and Seun Adigun (Houston, Texas) slid to the finish in 1:42.67 for ninth place. Reinbolt and Love pushed the Project Play dedicated sled to starts of 5.55 and 5.42 and runs of 51.62 and 51.05 seconds.
“It definitely means a lot for me to have my sled wrapped by Project Play,” Reinbolt said. “I bobsled because it’s fun, but I also race for other people. To come out and represent a cause that promotes youth sports, I couldn’t be more proud. It allows me to look at the bigger picture and understand that it’s not about me.”
Both Love and Adigun made their World Cup debuts today. Adigun is a former hurdler for the University of Houston and she also competed internationally as a track and field athlete for Nigeria. Love was also a track and field athlete and competed for the Southern Illinois University.
Competitions from Lake Placid are scheduled to air on Universal HD. Please check local listings to find the Universal HD channel in your area and for updated air times.
Racing continues on the 2002 Olympic track today with the first of two four-person competitions hosted by Park City at 6 p.m. MT.
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1. Kaillie Humphries and Melissa Lotholz (CAN) 1:40.38 (50.29, 50.09);
2. Christina Hengster and Sanne Monique Dekker (AUT) 1:40.54 (50.27, 50.27);
3. Jamie Greubel Poser and Lauren Gibbs (USA) 1:40.85 (50.36, 50.49);
8. Nicole Vogt and Malaikah Love (USA) 1:42.13 (51.10, 51.03);
9. Brittany Reinbolt and Seun Adign (USA) 1:42.67 (51.62, 51.05);
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