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Humphries and Meyers Taylor finish 6-7 in first women’s bobsled World Cup for the U.S. team
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WINTERBERG, Germany (January 9, 2021)- Kaillie Humphries (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Sylvia Hoffman (Arlington, Texas) were the top U.S. sled in today’s women’s bobsled World Cup in Winterberg with a sixth place finish. Elana Meyers Taylor (Douglasville, Ga.) and Lolo Jones (Des Moines, Iowa) were a close three-hundredths of a second behind their teammates in seventh. Today was the first World Cup competition this season for the Americans, who sat out the first half due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’re here, we’re racing, and we’re excited,” Humphries said. “One month ago we didn’t even know if we would be able to compete on tour, and we learned that several coaches and athletes in the military wouldn’t be able to travel with us just days before we left. We had to overcome a lot to be here, and the team has come together and is hustling to make this work. People are filling in gaps and doing multiple jobs, and everyone’s spirit is high.”
Humphries and Hoffman were powerful off the start today, blasting the Omaze-branded sled off the block with the second and third fastest push times of 5.59 and 5.60 seconds, respectively. Humphries tied former Canadian teammate Christine de Bruin for fifth position after a first heat time of 57.24 seconds. Humphries and Hoffman bettered their downtime to 57.21 seconds in the second heat, but de Bruin pulled ahead by a narrow lead of 0.02 seconds. The U.S. team finished sixth with a combined time of 1:54.45.
“I made a few mistakes today and there’s plenty of room to grow,” Humphries said. “I’m not happy with sixth place, but Winterberg has historically been my worst track. I’m glad to have this one out of the way.”
Meyers Taylor returned to the World Cup circuit today for the first time since February 2019. The three-time Olympic medalist took last season off while pregnant, and was back on tour just 10 months after having her son, Nico. Both her husband, Nic Taylor, and Nico are on tour with her, and were at the finish to greet her as she crossed the finish.
“Having Nico has definitely changed my perspective and I look at bobsled a little differently now,” Meyers Taylor said. “I’m still trying to figure out how to compete and be a mother, and every month is going to feel better and better as I continue to make progress.”
Meyers Taylor and Jones were consistent off the start block with push times of 5.60 and 5.62 seconds. Meyers Taylor threaded together runs of 57.26 and 57.22 seconds in the BMW-branded sled for a total time of 1:54.48 to finish seventh.
“It feels really good to be back and I’m really excited to be racing again,” Meyers Taylor said. “I got a little emotional before the first heat thinking about everything that happened and how much it took to get here. While I would have liked to have finished higher than seventh, I’m happy with how today went and know it’s going to be a process.”
Brittany Reinbolt (Searcy, Ark.) teamed with 2018 Olympic silver medalist Lauren Gibbs (Los Angeles, Calif.) for a total time of 1:55.27 to finish 18th. The duo posted start times of 5.71 and 5.72 seconds for runs of 57.75 and 57.52 seconds, respectively. Today was Reinbolt’s first World Cup since the 2018-2019 season.
Team Germany claimed gold and silver today. Laura Nolte and Deborah Levi were victorious in 1:53.60, while Kim Kalicki and Ann-Christin Strack finished second with a two-run total of 1:54.02. Katrin Beierl and J.J.O.D. Onasanya of Austria rounded out the medals in third with an aggregate time of 1:54.39.
Fans can watch the races on NBCSN, OlympicChannel.com, and the Olympic Channel. The broadcast schedule is outlined below, with all times listed in EST. Check local listings for the most updated information.
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1. Laura Nolte and Deborah Levi GER) 1:53.60 (56.87, 56.73);
2. Kim Kalicki and Ann-Christin Strack (GER) 1:54.02 (57.01, 57.01);
3. Katrin Beierl and J.J.O.D. Onasanya (AUT) 1:54.39 (57.09, 57.30);
6. Kaillie Humphries and Sylvia Hoffman (USA) 1:54.45 (57.24, 57.21);
7. Elana Meyers Taylor and Lolo Jones (USA) 1:54.48 (57.26, 57.22);
18. Brittany Reinbolt and Lauren Gibbs (USA) 1:55.27 (57.75, 57.52);
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