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Humphries and Hoffman claim bronze in snowy two-woman bobsled World Cup
(Left to right) Kaillie Humphries, Sylvia Hoffman, Kaysha Love, Elana Meyers Taylor and Aja Evans at the finish in Winterberg.
WINTERBERG, Germany (January 9, 2022) – Kaillie Humphries (Carlsbad, Calif.) teamed with Sylvia Hoffman (Arlington, Texas) to claim the bronze medal in today’s two-woman bobsled World Cup race in Winterberg. Elana Meyers Taylor (Douglasville, Ga.) and Kaysha Love (Herriman, Utah) had the fastest run in the second heat and finished just behind their teammates in fourth.
The race was delayed due to heavy snowfall overnight, and the first heat was the luck of the draw for many teams.
Humphries and Hoffman clocked the ninth ranked start time of 5.69 seconds in the opening heat, and Humphries expertly piloted the Omaze branded sled to the finish in 59.43 seconds to place the team in medal position. The duo bettered their start to a 5.61 in the second heat, and Humphries again threaded together the third fastest downtime. Humphries and Hoffman claimed bronze with a combined time of 1:57.30.
“I felt good today, especially since it was a snow race,” Humphries said. “I’m happy with my drives. The push on the first run wasn’t quite there, but we’re working to get consistency.”
Meyers Taylor and Love powered off the start block with the fastest start time of 5.58 seconds. Their speed was impacted by the snow during their run, and they crossed the finish line in 11th position with a downtime of 59.77 seconds. Undeterred, Meyers Taylor and Love responded with an even faster start time of 5.51 seconds, and Meyers Taylor posted the fastest time of 57.78 seconds. The duo waited in the leader’s box as their combined time of 1:57.55 stood up to seven sleds, and they ultimately landed in fourth place.
“We just cleared the way for everyone else in the first heat, but that’s Winterberg for you,” Meyers Taylor said. “I’m really proud that we were able to climb back from 11th place, and Kaysha pushed great today.”
Germans Laura Nolte and Deborah Levi claimed gold with a two-run total of 1:57.15. Their teammates Kim Kalicki and Leonie Fiebig were second in 1:57.28.
“I am so impressed with the teamwork the women’s team is exhibiting,” said USA Bobsled Head Coach Mike Kohn. “There is so much work behind the scenes, and they’ve really come together. Every one of them brings the best attitude to the track every single day.”
The four-man bobsled competition is up next at 2 p.m. local time. Streaming will be available via desktop at olympics.com/en/live/, and via mobile, tablet and connected television platforms on the Olympic Channel app. Check local listings for broadcast times on the Olympic Channel and OlympicChannel.com.
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1. Laura Nolte and Deborah Levi (GER) 1:57.15 (58.95, 58.20);
2. Kim Kalicki and Leonie Fiebig (GER) 1:57.28 (59.49, 57.79);
3. Kaillie Humphries and Sylvia Hoffman (USA) 1:57.30 (59.43, 57.87);
4. Elana Meyers Taylor and Kaysha Love (USA) 1:57.55 (59.77, 57.78);
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