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Meyers Taylor and Gibbs claim silver in women’s bobsled World Cup finale; Meyers Taylor finishes third in overall standings
CALGARY, Alberta (Feb. 23, 2019)– Elana Meyers Taylor (Douglasville, Ga.) won her seventh consecutive women’s bobsled World Cup medal with her 2018 Olympic silver medal teammate Lauren Gibbs (Los Angeles, Calif.) in today’s World Cup finale in Calgary. Meyers Taylor and Gibbs slid a silver medal performance in the season finale, and Meyers Taylor captured third in overall World Cup points. Brittany Reinbolt (Searcy, Ark.) and Jessica Davis (Gardena, Calif.) tied for fifth in the last World Cup of the season, and Reinbolt wrapped up the season ranked sixth overall.
Meyers Taylor still finished in the top three overall despite a disqualification in the season opening race for an underweight sled. The three-time Olympic medalist claimed two gold, two silver and three bronze medals this season to finish third overall with 1,470 points. She said she was pleased with today’s finish, but she’s taking little time to celebrate as she focuses her energy on the 2019 World Championships in Whistler, Canada next week.
“I think I drove well today and we pushed well, so it feels good,” Meyers Taylor said. “We were trying some different things with equipment this week, and we’ll need to run the sheets to see what worked and what didn’t. I think once we get past next week I can reflect better on the season, but right now I have my hands full and I can’t think about anything other than those upcoming runs.”
Meyers Taylor and Gibbs were the fastest starters today with push times of 5.59 and 5.57 seconds. The closest competitors off the block were Germans Miriama Jamanka and Annika Drazek, who pushed a distant 5.62 and 5.63 seconds. Meyers Taylor piloted the BMW sled to the finish in 56.84 and 57.10 seconds for the second and third fastest runs of the competition, and the Americans secured the silver medal with a combined time of 1:53.94.
Meyers Taylor has medaled in all but one of the eight races she entered in Calgary. She has only raced in two World Cup races in Calgary before today. She won the December 2014 race, and earned silver in November 2013. Meyers Taylor has also medaled in all five North American Cup races she’s competed in on the Canadian track. The only race she didn’t medal in was a four-man event in the December 2014 event, when she finished 16th.
Reigning Olympic champions Jamanka and Drazek were victorious with a total time of 1:53.63, and Jamanka claimed the overall World Cup title with 1,712 points. Germans Stephanie Schneider and Ann-Christin Strack were third today with a two-run combined time of 1:54.05, and Schneider rounded out her season ranked second behind only her teammate with 1,596 points.
Reinbolt and Davis tied Russians Nadezhda Sergeeva and Yulia Shokshueva for fifth place with a combined time of 1:55.04. The pair was consistent off the block, pushing the KOA branded sled to start times of 5.80 and 5.81 seconds. Reinbolt navigated the team to the finish in 57.28 and 57.76 seconds for the sixth and fifth best times of the field. Reinbolt capped her season ranked sixth in overall World Cup standings with 1,240 points.
This was Davis’ fifth career women’s bobsled World Cup race. Reinbolt has never raced a World Cup in Calgary before, though she has 11 North American Cup races under her belt on the Canadian track.
Nicole Brungardt(Norfolk, Neb.) made her World Cup debut as a push athlete with Nicole Vogt(Dallas, Texas) today. Vogt and Brungardt clocked start times of 5.90 and 5.94 seconds for runs of 57.61 and 57.79 seconds, respectively, to tie Qing Ying and Yinghui Tan from China for eighth with a total time of 1:55.40. The duo was in 11th after the first heat, but Vogt threaded together a cleaner second run to move them up three spots.
Vogt raced the February 2012 World Cup race in Calgary, when she finished 16th, and has competed in 16 North American Cup competitions. She earned two bronze medals out of the 16 races. Today was only Vogt’s second World Cup race this season.
In the men’s two-man bobsled World Cup finale, which was held back-to-back with the women’s race, Justin Olsen(San Antonio, Texas) and Christopher Kinney(Stockbridge, Ga.) led USA Bobsled with an 12th place finish with a combined time of 1:51.89. The Americans powered the Lake Placid 2021 World Championship branded sled off the block in 5.30 and 5.23 seconds and Olsen drove the sled to the finish in 55.95 and 55.94 seconds, respectively. This was Olsen’s first World Cup in Calgary as a pilot. He competed in two four-man World Cup races as a push athlete for Steven Holcomb in 2010 and 2014. Olsen finished the season ranked 15th in two-man standings with 762 points.
Germany’s Francesco Friedrich won his 10th straight two-man World Cup with Thorsten Margis today with a combined time of 1:50.84. Justin Kripps and Ryan Sommer from Canada secured the silver medal with a total time of 1:50.93, while Germans Johannes Lochner and Christopher Weber were third in 1:51.07.
Fridrich captured the overall two-man title with a perfect 1,800 points. Latvian Oskars Kibermanis finished second with 1,564 points, followed by German Nico Walther in third with 1,232 points.
Geoff Gadbois(Milton, Vt.) and Adrian Adams(Reidsville, N.C.) clocked a total time of 1:52.43 to tie for 17th place. The pair pushed starts of 5.43 and 5.50 for runs of 56.14 and 56.29 seconds, respectively. Gadbois has raced in seven North American Cup two-man races in Calgary in his career. Gadbois
Hunter Church(Cadyville, N.Y.) and Kris Horn(Pembroke, Mass.) finished 19th with a combined time of 1:52.46. Church, just 22-years-old, has also raced in seven North American Cup two-man races in Calgary. The pair clocked start times of 5.50 and 5.48 seconds, and Church put together two clean runs of 56.24 and 56.22 seconds to gain time down the track.
Codie Bascue(Whitehall, N.Y.) is sitting out this week to rest an injury sustained earlier this season in preparation for World Championships.
The 2018-2019 World Cup season concludes tomorrow with the men’s skeleton and four-man bobsled competitions. The action begins at 8:30 a.m. local time, followed by bobsled at 1:30 p.m. The Olympic Channel will broadcast and stream the events live, while NBCSN will offer same day delay coverage of four-man bobsled.
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1. Mariama Jamanka and Annika Drazek (GER) 1:53.63 (56.65, 56.98);
2. Elana Meyers Taylor and Lauren Gibbs (USA) 1:53.94 (56.84, 57.10);
3. Stephanie Schneider and Ann-Christin Strack (GER) 1:54.05 (56.96, 57.09);
T-5. Brittany Reinbolt and Jessica Davis (USA) 1:55.04 (57.28, 57.76);
8. Nicole Vogt and Nicole Brungardt (USA) 1:55.40 (57.61, 57.79);
Men’s two-man bobsled
1. Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis (GER) 1:50.84 (55.47, 55.37);
2. Justin Kripps and Ryan Sommer (CAN) 1:50.93 (55.51, 55.42);
3. Johannes Lochner and Christopher Weber (GER) 1:51.07 (55.63, 55.44);
12. Justin Olsen and Christopher Kinney (USA) 1:51.89 (55.95, 55.94);
T-17. Geoff Gadbois and Adrian Adams (USA) 1:52.43 (56.14, 56.29);
19. Hunter Church and Kris Horn (USA) 1:52.46 (56.24, 56.22);
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