U.S. loses third entry for two-woman bobsled

From ESPN - January 13, 2018

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland -- The United States won a two-woman bobsled World Cup event Saturday but lost a third qualifying entry in the Olympic lineup.

Elana Meyers Taylor, driving her first win this season, and Lolo Jones set an Olympic track record of 1 minute, 7.4 seconds in a combined two-run time that was 0.21 faster than Mariama Jamanka and Annika Drazek of Germany.

German European champion Stephanie Schneider and Lisa Buckwitz were third, 0.49 seconds behind.

Deeper in the field, American pilot Brittany Reinbolt had to beat Canada's third-ranked sled to secure her team's third spot in the Pyeongchang Olympic races next month.

Reinbolt and push athlete Aja Evans finished 15th, one place and 0.16 behind Canadian driver Christine de Bruin and Melissa Lotholz.

"It's bittersweet because I have been working all season to get a race win and I knew I could win here," Meyers Taylor said. "I am just gutted for Brittany and our brakemen."


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