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Meyers in Lead After Day 1 of Olympic Bobsled Competition

Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams hold a 0.23-second lead over Canada's top sled.
 
Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams hold a 0.23-second lead over Canada's top sled.
 

Feb. 18, 2014

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KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia - George Washington Athletics Hall of Famer Elana Meyers ('07) is in first place after one day of Olympic women's bobsled competition at the Sanki Sliding Center.

Driving the United States' top sled, Meyers and brakewoman Lauryn Williams have a 0.23-second lead over Canada-1, manned by Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyes, after two runs.

Seeded second behind Humphries and Moyes heading into competition, Meyers and Williams set a track record with their finish time of 57.26 seconds in their first run, then went 57.63 in the second heat to finish with a two-run total of 1:54.89. Meyers and Williams also set a record with their start time in their second run, 5.12 seconds.

Competing in her second Olympic Games after pushing driver Erin Pac to bronze in Vancouver in 2010, Meyers could become just the second female bobsled athlete from the U.S. to win two Olympic medals. The United States has not won gold at the Olympics since 2002 in Salt Lake City.

"It feels pretty good, but we still have a lot of work to do," Meyers told the United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation. "It's not over, it's a battle, but I feel great and couldn't be happier about having two U.S. teams in the mix."

The USA-2 sled of Jamie Greubel and Aja Evans is in third place, 0.33 seconds behind Humphries and Moyes and 0.49 seconds ahead of fourth-place Belgium.

The bobsled competition concludes on Wednesday at 11:15 a.m. Eastern with two final runs. Fans can watch live via NBC's live stream or the NBC Sports Live Extra App. The races will also re-air on NBC from 8-11:30 p.m.

NBC will re-broadcast Tuesday's runs tonight from 8-11:30 p.m.

A two-time Atlantic 10 Student-Athlete of the Year for softball and a CoSIDA Academic All-American, Meyers graduated as GW's all-time leader in nearly every offensive category, including batting average (.356), hits (202), stolen bases (68) and runs scored (111).

Elana Meyers Media Coverage

  • Why Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams are in the lead in women's bobsled, NBCOlympics.com, Feb. 18, 2014

  • MY OLYMPICS JOURNEY: Elana Meyers rocks the mountains, TellingTheStoryBlog.com, Feb. 18, 2014

  • USA's Elana Meyers, Lauryn Williams lead halfway through bobsled, USA Today, Feb. 18, 2014

  • Halfway to Gold, espnW, Feb. 18, 2014

  • Meyers and Williams overnight leaders in women's bobsled Olympic competition", United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, Feb. 18, 2014

  • Elana Meyers' USA-1 leads bobsled after opening runs, Associated Press, Feb. 18, 2014

  • Elana Meyers, Lauryn Williams hold lead after first day of women's bobsled, NBCOlympics.com, Feb. 18, 2014

  • Who Is Elana Meyers? Everything You Need to Know, ABCNews, Feb. 18, 2014

  • GW Grad Elana Meyers Begins Drive for Bobsled Gold, NBC Washington, Feb. 18, 2014

  • Sochi Spotlight: Elana Meyers, TeamUSA.org, Feb. 17, 2014

  • Elana Meyers brings dad along for the ride in pursuit of bobsled gold at Sochi Games. Yahoo! Sports, Feb. 17, 2014

  • Vonetta Flowers' legacy blooms for black bobsled athletes, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Feb. 17, 2014

  • Elana Meyers inducted into GW hall of fame, 11Alive Atlanta, Feb. 9, 2014

  • Meyers Chases Olympic Dream, Douglas County Sentinel, Feb. 6, 2014

  • Elana Meyers Goes From GWU Softball Standout to Team USA Bobsled Medal Contender, University Herald, Feb. 6, 2014

  • Bobsledding has given ex-GW softball player Elana Meyers an extended athletic career, Washington Times, Feb. 5, 2014

  • Athlete origins: Elana Meyers, bobsled, NBCOlympics.com, Feb. 4, 2014

  • Steering the Course to Success, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jan. 30, 2014

  • Meet Team USA: Elana Meyers, Sports Illustrated, Jan. 27, 2014

  • GW Alumna Going for Gold in Sochi, GW Today, Jan. 27, 2014

  • Bobsled represents a second career for many athletes, Washington Post, Jan. 21, 2014

  • Push, NCAA Champion Magazine, Winter 2014

     

     

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