Meyers Taylor and Kwaza continue medal streak by claiming silver in Koenigssee’s women’s bobsled World Cup

Jan. 12, 2019, 10:12 a.m. (ET)

 

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Meyers Taylor and Kwaza continue medal streak by claiming silver in Koenigssee’s women’s bobsled World Cup

 


Lake Kwaza and Elana Meyers Taylor at the flower ceremony

 

KOENIGSSEE, Germany (Jan. 12, 2019)–Elana Meyers Taylor(Douglasville, Ga.) and Lake Kwaza(Sycamore, Ill.) continued their medal streak by claiming silver this morning in Koeingssee’s women’s bobsled World Cup. Meyers Taylor and Kwaza have medaled in every World Cup they’ve raced together in this season, taking bronze in both Winterberg and Altenberg, Germany, and silver today.

“Elana and Lake keep putting in the work and winning medals for us,” said USA Bobsled Head Coach Mike Kohn. “They did a fantastic job today.”

Meyers Taylor gets along well with the Koenigssee track. She claimed the 2017 World Championship title along with two gold medals and two silver medals, including today’s, in World Cup races on the German track.

“I love this track,” Meyers Taylor said. “I love the crowd here, the atmosphere makes it so much fun. When I’m having fun, I drive well, and that’s the key.”

Meyers Taylor and Kwaza were conservative off the block in the first heat, pushing the BMW sled off the start in 5.22 seconds for the second best time of the heat. Meyers Taylor navigated the sled to the finish with finesse to put the team in medal contention with the third fastest time of 51.18 seconds.

The duo stepped it up in the second heat, bettering their start time to 5.19 seconds. Meyers Taylor took advantage of the extra speed, surpassing the German team of Stephanie Schneider and Ann-Christin Strack to take the silver medal with a finish time of 50.88 seconds. Meyers Taylor and Kwaza widened the gap to 0.13 seconds between silver and bronze with a total time of 1:42.06. 

“I made some mistakes in the first run that cost us some time, but we put it together for the second run and got some time back,” Meyers Taylor said. “Our starts are getting better and we’re making gains, slowly but surely. The goal is to put things together by World Championships in March.”

Reigning Olympic champions Mariama Jamanka and Annika Drazek from Germany were victorious in 1:41.70, while Schneider and Strack finished third in 1:42.19.

Brittany Reinbolt(Searcy, Ark.) and Olympic silver medalist Lauren Gibbs (Los Angeles, Calif.) combined forces in the KOA-branded BMW sled for start times of 5.38 and 5.34 seconds. Reinbolt couldn’t piece together the complex Koenigsee track today. She piloted the sled to the finish in 51.83 and 51.96 seconds for a combined time of 1:43.79 to finish 14th. 

World Cup action continues in Koenigssee today with the two-man bobsled race, and will conclude tomorrow with four-man. Races are streamed live on NBCSports.com and OlympicChannel.com.

For media inquiries, please contact Amanda Bird, USABS Marketing & Communications Director, at amanda.bird@usabs.com, or at (518) 354-2250. 

Results

1. Mariama Jamanka and Annika Drazek (GER) 1:41.70 (50.85, 50.85);
2. Elana Meyers Taylor and Lake Kwaza (USA) 1:42.06 (51.18, 50.88);
3. Stephanie Schneider and Ann-Christin Strack (GER) 1:42.19 (51.17, 51.02):
14. Brittany Reinbolt and Lauren Gibbs (USA) 1:43.79 (51.83, 51.96);

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