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Humphries and Meyers Taylor set the standard for women’s monobob, claim gold and silver in Koenigssee World Cup
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KOENIGSSEE, Germany (January 23, 2020) – Kaillie Humphries (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Elana Meyers Taylor (Douglasville, Ga.) claimed gold and silver medals, respectively, in today’s women’s monobob World Cup in Koenigssee. This is only the second monobob World Cup race that the American team has entered, and the second consecutive win for Humphries.
“We have the toughest, most competitive women’s team in the world,” said USA Bobsled Head Coach Mike Kohn. “Their athleticism and determination are truly apparent in this unpredictable and demanding season. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”
Humphries pushed off the block in 5.59 seconds, seventh best of the heat, and pulled away from the rest of the field at every turn. She crossed the finish line three-hundredths of a second ahead with a downtime of 53.36 seconds. Despite the flawless run, Humphries felt like there was more to gain.
“I could have done the chicane better,” Humphries said to her teammates at the finish before climbing out of the sled.
“I don’t focus on times, I just focus on what I can do better,” Humphries said. “If I make a mistake, it opens the door for other competitors. I work on what I can control, and make sure my starts and my runs are as good as they can be. Even if I know I have the lead, I’m going to be focused on what I can do better.”
Humphries clocked a start time of 5.61 seconds in heat two, and distanced herself even further from the field with the fastest run of 53.39 seconds. The three-time Olympic medalist finished 0.62 seconds ahead, winning with a combined time of 1:46.75.
“Nothing is guaranteed, not in life, in sport, in anything,” Humphries said. “Monobob added a new challenge. There are a lot of steps between now and the 2022 Olympics. Every single time I get into a sled I try to understand more. I like the challenge, and it makes me hungrier for more. I want to continue to get better.”
Meyers Taylor was the second fastest competitor off the block with a 5.45-second push time in the opening heat, and she drove herself into medal position with the third fastest downtime of 53.69 seconds. The three-time Olympic medalist matched her first run push time in the second heat, and she piloted her sled up one position with the second-fastest run of 53.68 seconds. Meyers Taylor claimed silver with a total time of 1:47.37 to place both U.S. sleds on the podium.
“Monobob doesn’t drive like a two-man or four-man sled, so it takes some getting used to,” Meyers Taylor said. “Kaillie put on a clinic on how to drive these sleds. It’s cool to be her teammate, because I can study and talk through her lines with her. It’s really great to have two American sleds in the medals.”
“Elana is schooling me in the push,” Humphries said. “I’m going to spend a lot of time on my physical training this summer, and get back to understanding how to push as a brakeman again. It’s great having a teammate like Elana that can push me to get better.”
Germany’s Stephanie Schneider was in second place after the first heat, but she dropped back to Meyers Taylor in the second heat. Schneider claimed the bronze medal in 1:47.50.
The American women will get a chance to medal again tomorrow in the two-woman bobsled competition at 1 p.m. local time/7 a.m. EST. Fans can watch the races on NBCSN, OlympicChannel.com, and the Olympic Channel.
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1. Kaillie Humphries (USA) 1:46.75 (53.36, 53.39);
2. Elana Meyers Taylor (USA)1:47.37 (53.69, 53.68);
3. Stephanie Schneider (GER) 1:47.50 (53.66, 53.84);
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