Elana Meyers & partner Lolo Jones posted a greatly improved time in their second run in Winterberg on Sunday, moving them from overall fifth to second place in a time just one-hundredth of a second behind the leaders in the women’s Bobsled World Cup.
For Meyers, an Olympic bronze medallist, this continued her streak of top-two finishes, making Winterberg her fifth this season to keep the World Cup overall lead.
“I feel good with the outcome, but I don’t feel great about my performance,” Meyers said – “I watched my runs after the race and realized that no one had perfect runs today, so it made me feel a little better. I’m still not happy with my runs, but I’m definitely satisfied with a medal.”
Whilst Meyers is known as one of the fastest sleds off the start block – a testament to her 8 week training camp onsite at Altis last summer, a misfortune in the first run resulted in a disappointing push time of 5.64 seconds. The pair stopped the clock at 57.90 for fifth position, 0.14 seconds behind the leaders.
“I made a mistake on the first push by running too short,” Meyers said. However, Meyers and Jones showed outstanding composure in the second run, driving the BMW sled off the start block in 5.52 seconds – a drop of 12/100ths and bettering the time of their first heat overall by a tenth of a second. They crossed the finish line in 57.52 seconds giving them a combined time of 1:55.42 and moving them into silver medal position.
In addition to the podium placing by Meyers, Altis was well represented in Winterberg with reigning World and Olympic Champion Kaillie Humphries finishing 5th, whilst Jazmine Fenlator & Lauryn Williams placed 9th in 1:56.09 with a top 5 push ranking. Both Fenlator and Humphries were onsite this past summer at Altis for an 8 week training block.
The women’s 2014 FIBT Women’s Bobsled World Cup continues in St. Moritz, Switzerland, this week.