The U.S. Bobsled Team continued its golden start to the season, sweeping the two-woman and two-man World Cup races in Park City, Utah, on Friday.
Olympic bronze medalist Elana Meyers and Olympic champion Steve Holcomb drove USA-1 sleds to victory at the 2002 Olympic track.
Meyers, 29, notched her first career World Cup victory as a driver in her fourth season and the first U.S. women’s victory since January 2011. She came in with five career World Cup podiums and World Championships silver and bronze medals.
Meyers, with push athlete Aja Evans, came from behind to upset Olympic and world champion Kaillie Humphries in a two-run time of 1 minute, 37.67 seconds.
“Definitely didn’t have two perfect runs, but I’ve got a great brakeman [Evans] behind me,” Meyers said. “She helps me out at the start and allows me to make a couple mistakes.”
The Canadian Humphries was .13 back in second after posting the fastest opening run.
“I know I made a mistake at the top of the track,” Humphries said. “Competition is stiff. It’s their home track. … I drove the very best that I could.”
Americans Jamie Greubel and Katie Eberling and Jazmine Fenlator and Emily Azevedo were third and fourth.
Meyers, who finished second to Humphries in the season opener last week, handed the Canadian her first loss on North American ice since 2010.
Greubel took third for the second straight World Cup race. Fenlator bounced back after finishing 15th last week, her worst World Cup finish in three seasons as a driver. The 2010 Olympian Azevedo replaced Lolo Jones as Fenlator’s push athlete Friday. The teams could be changed for Saturday’s race.
Holcomb, 33, won the two-man event with Chris Fogt in 1:35.51, beating another American sled with Nick Cunningham and Dallas Robinson by. 25. Cunningham notched his best career World Cup finish in his second season on the circuit.
Germans Francesco Friedrich and Jannis Baecker were third. Americans Cory Butner and Chuck Berkeley were fourth.
Holcomb has won all three men’s races this season, adding the Park City two-man to two- and four-man events in Calgary, Alberta, last weekend. He has now won five straight World Cup two-man events on North American tracks.
“I grew up on these tracks, so I know these better than any tracks,” said Holcomb, a Park City native. “We had two great starts. It’s easy to stay in the lead. Just point it in the right direction.”
The Park City World Cup concludes with two-woman and four-man races Saturday beginning at noon ET.
Park City Day 1
1. Elana Meyers/Aja Evans (USA) 1:37.67
2. Kaillie Humphries/Heather Moyse (CAN) 1:37.80
3. Jamie Greubel/Katie Eberling (USA) 1:37.86
4. Jazmine Fenlator/Emily Azevedo (USA) 1:38.05
1. Steve Holcomb/Chris Fogt (USA) 1:35.51
2. Nick Cunningham/Dallas Robinson (USA) 1:35.76
3. Francesco Friedrich/Jannis Baecker (GER) 1:35.80
4. Cory Butner/Chuck Berkeley (USA) 1:35.93