Meyers in Lead After Day 1 of Olympic Bobsled Competition
Final Two Runs on Wednesday for GW Softball Alumna
Feb. 18, 2014
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).
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