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US wins men’s and women’s bobsled World Cup race

December 7, 2013

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — The United States did the men’s and women’s double at the bobsled World Cup on their home track Friday.

Elena Meyers and Aja Evans overcame a first-run deficit on the 2002 Olympic track to finish the two heats with a combined 1 minute, 37.67 seconds to edge Olympic gold-medal favorite Kaillie Humphries of Canada by 0.13 seconds and give the U.S. its first victory on the women’s World Cup circuit in nearly three years.

“I had a rough training week but I can’t say enough about my teammates,” Meyers said. “I got a text from every single one of them, telling me to keep my head up and telling me I could do this, and I’m so happy we came out here and took away the gold.”

Then Steven Holcomb and Chris Fogt took out the men’s race, winning in 1:35:51, precisely quarter of a second ahead of American teammates Nick Cunningham and Dallas Robinson. Germany’s Francesco Friedrich and Jannis Baecker — the reigning world champions — were 0.29 seconds off the pace in third.

“When you have two great starts, it’s easy to stay in the lead,” said Holcomb, who calls Park City home and learned bobsledding on that very track.

It was a great day for the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, which got two skeleton medals earlier in the day from Noelle Pikus-Pace (gold) and Matt Antoine (bronze).

In the women’s event, Jamie Greubel and Katie Eberling of the U.S. were third.

The last U.S. women’s team to win a World Cup race was Shauna Rohbock and Valerie Fleming, who prevailed in Igls, Austria, in January 2011.

It’s the second straight race where Humphries, Meyers and Greubel have driven to the top three spots. No sled from the powerful German women’s team has a World Cup medal yet this season.

Bobsledding continues in Park City on Saturday with the four-man and another women’s competition, before the circuit shifts to Lake Placid, New York next week

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