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Meyers Taylor golden again in Winterberg’s women’s monobob World Cup
Elana Meyers Taylor celebrates with her trophy after today's win.
WINTERBERG, Germany (January 8, 2022) – Elana Meyers Taylor (Douglasville, Ga.) currently leads in women’s monobob points after winning this morning’s World Cup race in Winterberg. Kaillie Humphries (Carlsbad, Calif.) narrowly missed the medals in fourth place.
“It’s really cool to come away with the lead after today’s win,” Meyers Taylor said. “I’m trying to put together two consistent runs, and I’m starting to figure things out in monobob. The four races I’ve won were on runners from Jamie Greubel Poser; she just keeps on giving and it’s pretty cool to have a former teammate continue to contribute to the sport.”
Meyers Taylor set the pace in the first heat with the fastest start time of 5.85 seconds, and piloted the Omaze branded sled to the finish in 59.28 seconds for the fastest downtime of the field. The three-time Olympic medalist had a large lead of 0.21 seconds going into the second heat. Meyers Taylor again posted the fastest start time of 5.81 seconds in heat two, and while she crossed the finish line with the second-best time of 59.48 seconds, she maintained a lead of 0.17 seconds. Meyers Taylor won her fourth monobob race of the season with a combined time of 1:58.76.
Today’s win moved Meyers Taylor into first place overall in monobob standings. She is now 70 points ahead of Breeana Walker from Australia with one race left to go this season.
Meyers Taylor is traveling with her husband, Nic Taylor, and their son, Nico, and she said it’s been a team effort to get her on the podium.
“If I’m busy with Nico, everyone on the team understands and they are jumping in where needed to help me get prepared to race,” Meyers Taylor said. “Normally there’s a lot of drama in an Olympic season, so it speaks to the quality of the character of the athletes on this team.”
Walker claimed silver today with a two-run total of 1:58.93. She posted the fastest run of 59.44 seconds in the final heat. Germany’s Laura Nolte finished third in 1:59.01.
Humprhies had the sixth best push time of 5.99 seconds in the opening heat and navigated the Reign Total Body Fuel branded sled to the finish in 59.67 seconds for fourth position. Humphries posted a start time of 6.00 seconds in run two and clocked a faster downtime of 59.50 seconds. She finished just outside of the medals in fourth with a combined time of 1:59.17, which was a big improvement from her 13th place finish in Winterberg last month. She is not ranked third in overall season standings.
Racing continues today with the two-man bobsled race at 1:30 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. Elana Meyers Taylor (USA) 1:58.76 (59.28, 59.48);
2. Breeana Walker (AUS) 1:58.93 (59.49, 59.44);
3. Laura Nolte (GER) 1:59.01 (59.53, 59.48);
4. Kaillie Humphries (USA) 1:59.17 (59.67, 59.50);
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