Meyers and Eberling in medal hunt after first day of women's bobsled World Championships
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Meyers and Eberling in medal hunt after first day of women’s bobsled World Championships
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (Jan. 25, 2013)-Elana Meyers (Douglasville, Ga.) and Katie Eberling (Palos Hills, Ill.) are in the women’s bobsled World Championship medal hunt after wrapping up the first two runs in third position. Just 0.18 seconds from the current leader, USA-1 has the potential to move up in tomorrow’s final heats.
“It feels great to be in medal position after the first day of racing,” Meyers said. “I still have two more runs to go before I can get too excited, so I need to go into tomorrow like it’s a new race.”
This is only Meyers’ third year in the driver’s seat, and Eberling claimed the 2011 U.S. National Push Championship title as a rookie last September. The duo burst onto the scene last season with dominant push times that helped fuel them to a bronze medal finish in the 2012 World Championships on home ice in Lake Placid, N.Y. With a little more experience, Meyers and Eberling feel better prepared to battle the best in the world for the title.
“It’s a tough challenge competing against so many accomplished and veteran sliders, but Katie and I are up for the challenge,” Meyers said. “We’re still new in the scheme of things, but we’re competitors and are willing to put it all on the line when it counts.”
Meyers and Eberling made it known that they’d be in the hunt for the medals within six seconds of their first run. USA-1 bolted off the line with a record-breaking start time of 5.50 seconds, and Meyers piloted the KOA sled to the finish in 1:08.30 to place the team in second.
“Our goal is to attack the start aggressively every race,” Eberling said. “Elana and I definitely motivate each other, so we’re able to get fired up and have a lot of high energy off the start.”
The duo was equally impressive in the second heat after clocking an even faster start time of 5.48 seconds, but 2006 Olympic gold medalist Anja Schneiderheinze managed to squeeze ahead of Meyers and Eberling by just 0.06 seconds. USA-1 posted a two-run total of 2:16.24 after the first day of racing to put the team in bronze medal position.
“Our team chemistry works,” Meyers said. “Katie did a great job pushing, and I’m so lucky to have a competitor like her in my sled. We’ll rest up and recover tonight so that we’re ready to go again tomorrow."
Defending World Champion Kaillie Humphries and her brakeman Chelsea Valois are the overnight leaders with a two-run total of 2:16.06. Humphries and Valois made a strong bid for the 2013 title after powering off the block in 5.47 seconds to break the start record set by Meyers and Eberling in the second heat. Germans Schneiderheinze and Lisette Thoene trail the Canadians by 0.12 seconds with a combined time of 2:16.18.
Jazmine Fenlator (Wayne, N.J.) and Aja Evans (Chicago, Ill.) are fresh from earning bronze in last week’s Igls, Austria World Cup race. Fenlator and Evans posted dynamic start times of 5.59 and 5.54 seconds to give the USA Bobsled & Skeleton Foundation sled momentum down the course. Fenlator threaded together a speedy second run to move the team up two spots, and the pair is seated in eighth position with a combined time of 2:17.14.
Despite nursing an injury this week, Jamie Greubel (Newtown, Pa.) was able to power the Sliding for Hope sled off the block in 5.60 and 5.61 seconds with veteran brakeman Emily Azevedo (Chico, Calif.). Greubel navigated the third U.S. sled to the finish in 2:17.89 to keep the crew within range of the top 10.
Racing continues tomorrow morning with the first two heats of the men’s two-man bobsled event at 8:45 am local time. The 2013 women’s bobsled World Champion will be named following the final two heats at 12:45 pm.
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Results (Heats 1 & 2):
1. Kaillie Humphries and Chelsea Valois (CAN) 2:16.06 (1:08.18, 1:07.88); 2. Anja Schneiderheinze and Lisette Thoene (GER) 2:16.18 (1:08.37, 1:07.81); 3. Elana Meyers and Katie Eberling (USA) 2:16.24 (1:08.30, 1:07.94);…8. Jazmine Fenlator and Aja Evans (USA) 2:17.14 (1:08.84, 1:08.30);…12. Jamie Greubel and Emily Azevedo (USA) 2:17.89 (1:09.03, 1:08.86);
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