Elana Meyers Taylor set track records in three of four runs over two days en route to winning the first World Championship by a U.S. female bobsled driver.
Meyers Taylor, a two-time Olympic medalist, and push athlete Cherrelle Garrett prevailed by a combined .43 of a second in Winterberg, Germany, on Saturday. Germans Anja Schneiderheinze and Cathleen Martini took silver and bronze.
Meyers Taylor also became the first U.S. driver — male or female — to win a two-man or four-man Olympic or World Championship gold medal on a non-North American track since 1959.
It capped a dominant season. Meyers Taylor captured her first World Cup title.
She dethroned Canadian Kaillie Humphries, the 2013 World champion and 2014 Olympic and World Cup champion. Humphries, who reportedly missed training with flu-like symptoms this week, tied for seventh at Worlds.
Meyers Taylor, 30, captured Olympic bronze as a push athlete in 2010, then transitioned to driving. She took bronze at the 2012 World Championships, silver in 2013 and silver at the Sochi Olympics.
The other U.S. sleds, driven by Olympians Jamie Greubel Poser and Jazmine Fenlator, finished fifth and sixth.
All three push athletes from the Sochi Olympics — Lauryn Williams, Aja Evans and Lolo Jones — are not currently bobsledding.
The bobsled World Championships continue with the final pair of two-man runs on Sunday at 4:30 a.m. and 6:36 a.m. ET and the team event at 9 a.m. ET on FIBT’s YouTube channel. Olympic bronze medalist Steven Holcomb is in 15th place after the first two runs.