Meyers and Evans shatter start record to lead U.S. women
Courtesy of teamusa.org
Koenigssee, Germany (Jan. 11, 2013) – Elana Meyers (Douglasville, Ga.) and Aja Evans (Chicago, Ill.) had a record-breaking result in the women’s bobsled World Cup race this morning to solidify themselves as one of the fastest teams in the world. Meyers and Evans powered the KOA sled off the block with a blistering start time of 5.22 seconds to shatter the record in the first heat, and broke it again in the final run with a push time of 5.20 seconds. The duo crossed the finish line in eighth position to lead the U.S. women.
“It feels awesome to have another start record,” Meyers said. “Aja did an amazing job, and really all of our brakeman are posting big push times. Starts are definitely not our problem.”
Meyers owns the start record on nearly every track she’s raced on. She destroyed the start record in Park City, Utah with Evans and went on to tie the record with Lolo Jones the following week in Whistler, Canada. She then obliterated the Winterberg, Germany and La Plagne, France start records before the holiday break with Katie Eberling.
“It’s a testament to how strong our program is right now,” Meyers said. “Our brakeman down the line from World Cup to North American Cup are eager, powerful and fast. Any one of them is capable of posting a start record.”
Meyers and Aja were in 10th after a few minor driving errors in the first run, but USA-1 gained two positions after a better final heat of 51.99 seconds. The duo crossed the finish line with a two-run total of 1:44.09 to finish eighth.
“My second run was better, but still far from perfect,” Meyers said. “I struggled this week and the track just didn’t click for me. Our goal as new pilots is to continue gaining experience on each track, so we’ll chalk this up as another experience and get ready for the next race.”
Canadian Kaillie Humphries’ domination of the women’s bobsled circuit came to a halt last weekend when she finished third in Altenberg, Germany. Humphries returned this week hungrier than ever and reclaimed her spot on top of the podium today with brakeman Chelsea Valois after crossing the finish line in 1:43.07.
German pilots Cathleen Martini and Sandra Kiriasis finished second and third, respectively, on one of their home tracks. Martini slid to the finish 0.42 seconds behind Humphries, while Kiriasis trailed the leader by 0.54 seconds.
Jazmine Fenlator (Wayne, N.J.) and Lolo Jones (Des Moines, Iowa) were in eighth after their first run, but a mistake through the combination of corners named the “snake pit” in the final heat cost USA-3 two spots. Fenlator and Jones clocked a total time of 1:44.43 for another top 10 performance.
Jamie Greubel (Newtown, Pa.) and Emily Azevedo (Chico, Calif.) were designated as the snowplow for the event as the first team off the hill in wintery conditions. Greubel and Azevedo powered the Sliding for Hope sled off the block with a strong push time of 5.30 seconds for a run of 52.12. USA-2 posted a combined time of 1:44.45 after a few minor mistakes in the final run, which prohibited USA-2 from climbing out of 11th place.
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1. Kaillie Humphries and Chelsea Valois (CAN) 1:43.07 (51.40, 51.67); 2. Cathleen Martini and Janine Tischer (GER) 1:43.49 (51.68, 51.81); 3. Sandra Kiriasis and Berit Wiacker (GER) 1:43.61 (51.81, 51.80);…8. Elana Meyers and Aja Evans (USA) 1:44.09 (52.10, 51.99);…10. Jazmine Fenlator and Lolo Jones (USA) 1:44.43 (52.02, 52.41); 11. Jamie Greubel and Emily Azevedo (USA) 1:44.45 (52.12, 52.33);