GW Olympian Meyers Earns Bronze in Women's Bobsled
Meyers and Teammate Overcome Slow Final Run to Podium
Feb. 24, 2010
WASHINGTON-- George Washington 2007 softball alumna Elana Meyers and her USA bobsled teammate Erin Pac took the bronze medal in the women's bobsled competition on Wednesday at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games at the Whistler Sliding Center in Whistler, Canada.
In the first run of the night, Meyers and Pac finished just .14 off of their best time on Tuesday, with a time of 53.29 to keep them in second place going into the medal heat later on Wednesday.
Meyers and Pac posted their slowest time in their final run, 53.78, but the team had posted fast enough earlier times to secure third place by more than half a second.
Both of Canada's two sleds took gold and silver in the event.
In the team's first run on Tuesday, they finished the course in 53.28 seconds, tied for second place with Germany's Cathleen Martini and Romy Logsh.
Meyers and Pac took sole control of second place in their second run, sliding across the finish line at 53.05. Their combined time of 1:46.33, puts them just .13 behind Canada for gold medal contention and .40 ahead of Germany for the bronze.
"It was pretty amazing to come out at the Olympic Games and have a track record," Meyers told the media on Tuesday after racing. "It was super exciting to have it for a brief second and I think we can take it back tomorrow.