From St. Moritz, SUI
Over the past few seasons, the United States and Canada have been the forces in women’s bobsled, seemingly equal almost every weekend. In St. Moritz, they once again battled to the hundredth of a second.
Olympic gold medalist Kaillie Humphries came into the second heat just .03 ahead of Jamie Greubel Poser and .06 ahead of 2016 winner Elana Meyers Taylor. In that second run, Meyers Taylor edged teammate Greubel Poser, with only Humphries to beat.
Kaillie Humphries had the start she needed, a 5.43 start to set the start record, but Elana Meyers Taylor was just a hair faster. Humphries was quicker at every split, but at the final timing line at the finish she fell behind by just .01, giving Meyers Taylor her second win in as many weeks. Humphries finished with a silver medal, and Greubel Poser bronze.
Mirama Jamanka was quick off the top in both heats with Annika Drazek on the brakes. In each run she had trouble at the start and an occasional bump on the way down and finished fourth. Christina Hengster continued her consistent season with a fifth place finish, while Nadezhda Sergeeva finished sixth as the top Russian entry.
Mica McNeill finished tied for seventh after coming into the second run in ninth. Her second run was a half second faster than her first to help move her up, while Brittany Reinbolt finished 14th in the final American entry.
Andreea Grecu had a great second run for Romania, moving up from 19th to 16th, finishing one spot behind her teammate Maria Constantin.
|Pos||Name||Nation||Bib||Start 1||Start 2||Run 1||Run 2||Total|
|1||Meyers Taylor / B. Jones||USA||8||5.53||5.48||68.41||67.73||2:16.14|
|2||Humphries / Lotholz||CAN||13||5.52||5.43||68.35||67.80||2:16.15|
|3||Greubel Poser / Gibbs||USA||15||5.53||5.48||68.38||67.91||2:16.29|
|4||Jamanka / Drazek||GER||10||5.48||5.44||68.49||68.09||2:16.58|
|5||Hengster / Dekker||AUT||7||5.64||5.61||68.57||68.30||2:16.87|
|6||Sergeeva / Shokshueva||RUS||14||5.52||5.50||68.74||68.16||2:16.90|
|7||McNeill / Douglas||GBR||16||5.68||5.64||68.86||68.36||2:17.22|
|7||Senkel / Bertels||GER||17||5.59||5.57||68.70||68.52||2:17.22|
|9||Willemsen / Vercruyssen||BEL||11||5.71||5.69||68.79||68.60||2:17.39|
|10||Rodionova / Kohcherzhova||RUS||6||5.70||5.67||68.97||68.76||2:17.73|
|11||Vannieuwenhuyse / Aerts||BEL||12||5.70||5.70||69.04||68.90||2:17.94|
|12||Oshigiri / Kimishima||JPN||3||5.61||5.60||69.13||68.84||2:17.97|
|13||Hafner / Rebsamen||SUI||18||5.78||5.74||69.24||68.89||2:18.13|
|14||Reinbolt / L. Jones||USA||9||5.69||5.65||69.21||68.97||2:18.18|
|15||Constantin / Halai||ROU||5||5.77||5.75||69.40||69.31||2:18.71|
|16||Grecu / Vild||ROU||2||5.76||5.73||70.21||69.61||2:19.82|
|17||Asazu / Sakauchi||JPN||4||5.78||5.77||70.01||69.87||2:19.88|
|18||de Decker / Paulissen||BEL||19||5.85||5.84||69.83||70.24||2:20.07|
|19||Homma / Kawasaki||JPN||1||5.88||5.82||70.16||69.98||2:20.14|
|20||Beierl / Kleiser||AUT||20||6.26||6.30||70.35||70.61||2:20.96|