Meyers Taylor teams with Gibbs for her first women’s bobsled World Cup win of the season in St. Moritz

Jan. 26, 2019, 9:53 a.m. (ET)

 

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Meyers Taylor teams with Gibbs for her first women’s bobsled World Cup win of the season in St. Moritz

 

Photo: Viesturs Lācis | IBSF

 

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland(Jan. 26, 2019)Elana Meyers Taylor (Douglasville, Ga.) and Lauren Gibbs (Los Angeles, Calif.) won today’s women’s bobsled World Cup in St. Moritz by a huge margin of six-tenths of a second. It’s the first time Meyers Taylor and Gibbs have been in the same sled since earning the 2018 Olympic silver medal together last February, and the first victory for Meyers Taylor since January 2018.

And to top it off, she claimed her first World Cup gold medal in over a year while feeling extremely ill.

“She was sick last week and got sick again this week, coughing all night,” said USA Bobsled Head Coach Mike Kohn. “She showed up today and won the race by a huge margin. She’s a trooper. She showed us today why she’s got so many medals. She’s determined, resilient and perseveres. Lauren did a great job pushing, and I couldn’t be more proud of them for their display of grit today.”

In today’s race, Meyers Taylor and Gibbs powered through to post start times of 5.36 seconds in both heats for the fastest push times of the field. Meyers Taylor capitalized on the advantage, extending their lead with textbook runs of 1:08.09 and 1:08.02. She piloted the pair to a lead of 0.12 seconds after the first heat, and convincingly claimed gold by finishing the final run 0.60 seconds ahead with a total time of 2:16.11. 

St. Moritz is Meyers Taylor’s favorite track for a multitude of reasons, but getting engaged while on the medal stand at the 2013 World Championships tops the list. Six years ago, Nic Taylor asked Meyers Taylor to marry him after she accepted her silver medal with Katie Eberling. She said yes. The natural-ice of St. Moritz suits Meyers Taylor’s driving style. This is her fourth consecutive win in St. Moritz. She won with Lolo Jones in 2018, Briauna Jones in 2017 and with Gibbs in 2016.

Meyers Taylor and Gibbs dominated, but it was a race for silver and bronze in the second heat. Stephanie Schneider and Lisa Sophie Gericke secured the silver medal in 2:16.71, while reigning Olympic champion Mariama Jamanka teamed with Franziska Bertels for bronze with a combined time of 2:16.87.

Brittany Reinbolt (Searcy, Ark.) and Jessica Davis (Gardena, Calif.) clocked a total time of 2:18.32 for 11th place. The duo combined forces for start times of 5.59 and 5.62 seconds, and Reinbolt battled to keep the sled straight, piloting the KOA sled to the finish in 1:08.93 and 1:09.39, respectively. 

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

Results

1. Elana Meyers Taylor and Lauren Gibbs (USA) 2:16.11 (1:08.09, 1:08.02);
2. Stephanie Schneider and Lisa Sophie Gericke (GER) 2:16.71 (1:08.21, 1:08.50);
3. Mariama Jamanka and Franziska Bertels (GER) 2:16.87 (1:08.31, 1:08.56);
11. Brittany Reinbolt and Jessica Davis (USA) 2:18.32 (1:08.93, 1:09.39);

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