U.S. Bobsled has been stellar to start the season, but it’s never been stronger than Saturday.
The U.S. swept the medals in Park City, Utah.
Elana Meyers and Aja Evans won in a two-run time of 1 minute, 38.61 seconds, followed by Jamie Greubel and Lolo Jones and Jazmine Fenlator and Lauryn Williams, who tied for silver in 1:39.24.
It’s the first time since Feb. 17, 2001, that the U.S. swept a women’s bobsled World Cup podium, according to Infostrada. That was also in Park City, one year before the Olympic debut of women’s bobsled.
“The greatest feeling today isn’t necessarily the gold medal,” Meyers said in the awards area. “It’s the fact that the three of us [teams] are up here together.”
The U.S. Bobsled Federation mixed up the second and third sled pairings from Friday’s race, where the U.S. placed first, second and fourth.
The track and field Olympians Jones and Williams replaced Katie Eberling and Emily Azevedo, respectively.
Evans and Eberling are considered favorites to make the U.S. Olympic Team. Jones and the 2010 Olympian Azevedo are thought to be vying for the third and final push athlete spot.
“It feels great to be on the podium,” said Jones, who won her first World Cup medal of the season. “With bobsled you never know when you are going to be on the podium and how long it will be before you are back on again. It makes you cherish the moments when you are doing well. Our drivers are doing outstanding this year.”
The bobsled rookie Williams won a bronze medal in her World Cup debut Saturday.
“It has been really fun to learn this whole process,” said Williams, the 2004 Olympic 100m silver medalist. “I got on the line and said, ‘I don’t want to disappoint Jazmine.’ I’m a rookie and I have to do this.”
The U.S. Olympic Team will be named in mid-January. Push athletes are chosen via discretionary selections, though World Cup results play a role in the decision-making process.
Meyers took the solo World Cup overall lead with the win, moving ahead of Canadian Olympic and world champion Kaillie Humphries. Humphries finished seventh, her worst result in nearly two years.
The U.S. has now won five of six men’s and women’s bobsled races this season. The Park City World Cup wraps up with a four-man bobsled later Saturday.
The women’s bobsled World Cup continues in Lake Placid, N.Y., next week. The sled pairings are expected to be announced midweek.
“All in all, I feel pretty good going into the rest of the season because we have a lot of room for improvement,” Evans said.
Park City Women’s Bobsled
1. Elana Meyers/Aja Evans (USA)
2. Jamie Greubel/Lolo Jones (USA) 1:39.24
2. Jazmine Fenlator/Lauryn Williams (USA) 1:39.24