An at times surprising women’s bobsled World Cup season ended with the unlikeliest race winner yet and the tightest possible finish for the overall title.
Swiss Fabienne Meyer took her first career World Cup gold, overcoming Canadian Kaillie Humphries in the second run to win in Konigssee, Germany, on Sunday.
The top U.S. hope for Sochi gold — 2010 Olympic bronze medalist Elana Meyers and Aja Evans — improved from eighth after the first run to finish second. Meyers and Evans’ second run of 51.67 seconds was the fastest out of 30 total runs from the entire 15-sled field.
“I think the first drive could have been a little better,” Meyers said. “The second drive we really fought.”
Humphries was third and beat Meyers for the World Cup season title by one point — 1,629 to 1,628. Humphries is the two-time reigning World Cup champion, Olympic champion and world champion. She is the favorite going into Sochi.
Jazmine Fenlator and Lolo Jones were fourth after the first run, but a critical skid in the second pushed them to eighth. The third U.S. sled of Jamie Greubel and Lauryn Williams took 10th.
The women’s bobsled event at the Sochi Olympics is Feb. 18-19.
1. Fabienne Meyer/Tanja Mayer (SUI) 1:44.01
2. Elana Meyers/Aja Evans (USA) 1:44.27
3. Kaillie Humphries/Heather Moyse (CAN) 1:44.29
8. Jazmine Fenlator/Lolo Jones (USA) 1:45.28
10. Jamie Greubel/Lauryn Williams (USA) 1:45.17