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Meyers Taylor and Hoffman secure bronze in two-woman bobsled Koenigssee World Cup
Photo credit: IBSF
KOENIGSSEE, Germany (January 24, 2020) – Elana Meyers Taylor (Douglasville, Ga.) and Sylvia Hoffman (Arlington, Texas) secured the bronze medal in today’s two-woman bobsled World Cup in Koenigssee. Kaillie Humphries (Carlsbad, Calif.) teamed with Lauren Gibbs (Los Angeles, Calif.) for sixth place.
“I’m happy with the outcome,” Meyers Taylor said. “I think a part of getting back is getting consistent again. Sometimes things are going to happen, but it was a good race overall. I want to clean up some things, but it’s getting there.”
Today was Meyers Taylor’s third race back since the 2018-2019 season. She was on maternity leave last season, and is traveling this season with her husband and son.
Meyers Taylor and Hoffman started their campaign for the medals with the fastest start time of 5.21 seconds. Meyers Taylor navigated the BMW-branded sled to the finish in 51 seconds, just three-hundredths of a second behind first heat leaders Stephanie Schneider and Tamara Seer from Germany.
Meyers Taylor and Hoffman were even faster off the block in the second heat with a push time of 5.20 seconds. Meyers Taylor took the reins and struggled through the S-combination corners of the track. The U.S. team crossed the finish line in 51.17 seconds and waited to see how their combined time of 1:42.17 would hold up.
Kim Kalicki and Ann-Christin Strack from Germany threw down the fastest run of the day to take over the lead with a total time of 1:41.71. Schneider and Seer fell back into silver medal position with a cumulative time of 1:41.96. Meyers Taylor and Hoffman secured the bronze medal for Team USA.
“I made a big mistake in the second run in S4,” Meyers Taylor said. “I’m happy we were able to medal. It’s a fight out there, competitors are going to go for it if you leave the door open.”
Defending women’s bobsled world champions Humphries and Gibbs slid a combined time of 1:42.30 for sixth place. The duo clocked the fifth best start time of 5.29 seconds in the opening heat, and Humphries steered her sled to the finish in 51.20 seconds to tie for fourth position.
Humphries and Gibbs pushed two-hundredths faster in the final heat, but the Americans fell back at the finish. Humphries threw her hands up after watching the replay at the finish, visibly disappointed with her result. She had limited runs in the sled she raced in today, which is a new production from the same manufacturer that builds the monobob sleds. Humphries has won both women’s monobob World Cup races she’s raced in this season.
The two-woman race concludes the Koenigssee event. The World Cup tour will make its final stop in Igls, Austria this week before teams return to Germany for World Championships.
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1. Kim Kalicki and Ann-Christin Strack (GER) 1:41.71 (51.07, 50.64);
2. Stephanie Schneider and Tamara Seer (GER) 1:41.96 (50.97, 50.99);
3. Elana Meyers Taylor and Sylvia Hoffman (USA) 1:42.17 (51.00, 51.17);
6. Kaillie Humphries and Lauren Gibbs (USA) 1:42.30 (51.20, 51.10);
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