Meyers Taylor continues medal streak by earning bronze with Hoffman in Igls

Jan. 19, 2019, 5:40 a.m. (ET)

 

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Meyers Taylor continues medal streak by earning bronze with Hoffman in Igls

 

 

IGLS, Austria (Jan. 19, 2019)After just two training runs this week while battling the flu, Elana Meyers Taylor(Douglasville, Ga.) mustered a bronze medal finish in today’s women’s bobsled World Cup in Igls with Sylvia Hoffman(Arlington, Texas). Brittany Reinbolt(Searcy, Ark.) teamed with Jessica Davis(Gardena, Calif.) for seventh place.

“I’m really proud of this team,” said USA Bobsled Head Coach Mike Kohn. “Elana only two training runs total, but she still got the bronze medal. That’s impressive. Brittany had her second best result of the season with Jessica today and it’s a really good step for her before we head to North America in a week.”

While many teams would be celebrating a medal finish, Meyers Taylor was disappointed with today’s result. Even though she was in the hospital this week because she was so ill, Meyers Taylor didn’t lessen her expectations for the race. Her last World Cup win was the January 2018 World Cup in St. Moritz, Switzerland with Lolo Jones, and Meyers Taylor is on a mission to get back to the top.

“I’m hanging in there,” Meyers Taylor said. “This is not the year I expected to have. It’s a great result for Sylvia, it’s her first World Cup medal and she performed really well today, but it’s not good enough for me. I’m pretty frustrated.”

Meyers Taylor didn't push at all during training, yet she and Hoffman powered the BMW sled off the start block in 5.55 seconds for the second fastest push time of the first heat. Meyers Taylor had the track dialed in, speeding to the finish in 53.04 seconds to threaten the three-year track record of 52.94 set in February 2016 by Germans Anja Schneiderheinze and Annika Drazek. Meyers Taylor and Hoffman had company as they vied for the medals; three German sleds were within 0.16 seconds after the heat, with reigning Olympic champion Mariama Jamanka and her partner Kira Lipperheide just 0.05 seconds away.

Stephanie Schneider and Ann-Christin Strack were 0.06 seconds off the pace set by Meyers Taylor and Hoffman in the first heat. Hungry to advance in the medals, the German duo posted a 52.96 in the final run for the fastest time of the race to advance to the top of the leader board with a combined time of 1:46.06. Jamanka and Lipperheide fell behind their teammates, but remained in second place with a total time of 1:46.17. Meyers Taylor and Hoffman had an even faster start time of 5.52, but some small mistakes down the course resulted in the third best downtime of the heat. The Americans claimed bronze with a two-run total of 1:46.23.

Meyers Taylor hasn’t been off the podium since she was disqualified for an underweight sled in the season opening World Cup race with Hoffman. She’s earned a silver and two bronze medals leading into this weekend with Lake Kwaza. Igls has historically treated Meyers Taylor well. She’s claimed five medals in the six World Cup races she’s entered on the Igls course, including today’s bronze, and earned the 2016 World Championship bronze medal on the Austrian track.

Reinbolt and Davis finished seventh with a combined time of 1:46.86. The duo clocked a start time of 5.63 in the first heat, and they matched their time in the second heat despite Reinbolt’s foot getting caught on the side of the sled while loading. Reinbolt piloted the crew to the finish in 53.32 and 53.54 seconds to finish just 0.12 seconds from the top six.

Reinbolt’s personal best result in Igls leading into this weekend was sixth place, which she posted in both the 2011 and 2017 World Cups races. Today was only Davis’ second World Cup start.

Racing continues today with the men’s two-man bobsled competition at 2 p.m. local time/8 a.m. ET. Fans can catch all the action live via NBCSports.com/Live, or through the NBC Sports app. Additional coverage will be available on OlympicChannel.com and the Olympic Channel app. 

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

Results

1. Stephanie Schneider and Ann-Christin Strack (GER) 1:46.06 (53.10 52.96);
2. Mariama Jamanka and Kira Lipperheide (GER) 1:46.16 (53.09, 53.08);
3. Elana Meyers Taylor and Sylvia Hoffman (USA) 1:46.23 (53.04, 53.19);
7. Brittany Reinbolt and Jessica Davis (USA) 1:46.86 (53.32, 53.54);

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