Kaillie Humphries takes silver while bronze goes to Jamie Greubel Poser
Königssee (RWH): Bobsleigh pilot Elana Meyers Taylor of the USA has won the 2017 World Championships in the woman‘s bobsleigh. At the BMW IBSF World Championships in Königssee (GER), the 2014 Olympic silver medallist and her brakewoman Kehri Jones secured her second World Championship title following her win in 2015. At the end of the four runs, the silver medal in Königssee went to Olympic champion Kaillie Humphries of Canada and her brakewoman Melissa Lotholz, who finished 0.03 seconds behind the new World Champion.
Bronze at the BMW IBSF 2017 World Championships also went to a pairing from the USA: Jamie Greubel Poser (0.23 seconds back) celebrated her first World Championship medal with her brakewoman Aja Evans.
European Champion Mariama Jamanka (GER, 0.60 seconds back) and her brakewoman Annika Drazek missed out on a medal in fourth place. In 2016, brakewoman Drazek pushed Anja Schneiderheinze to gold in the World Championships.
Christina Hengster/Jennifer Onasanya (AUT) in fifth place and Alysia Rissling/Cynthia Appiah of Canada in sixth celebrated their best World Championship results to date in Königssee. At their debut in the World Championships, Maria Oshigiri/Arisa Kimishima of Japan celebrated their surprise seventh-place finish as if it were a victory. ©RWH2017
Elana Meyers Taylor (USA, 2014 Olympic Silver Medallist, 2015 + 2017 World Champion, 2014/2015 Overall World Cup winner)
„I definitely thought of the Olympic final 2014 where I also was leading for three runs and lost gold in the last. I definitely did not want to do this again. Kaillie gave me a run for the money from top to the finish. So I knew I had to put it together. And today we did
Kaillie Humphries (CAN, Olympic Champion 2010 and 2014, World Champion 2012 and 2013)
„It’s definitely hard to lose but at the end of the day – three hundredth of a second, that’s nothing. So I am happy, all four runs were consistant and we improved our starts what was the goal."
Jamie Greubel Poser (USA, Olympic Bronze Medallist 2014)
„I am really happy with my first World Championships medal. For me it’s all about being more consistant. So I am happy that on both days aI was able to fight back and to put everything on the line in the second run today. That my family surprised me with coming to Königssee was also a great support!“
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