Kaillie Humphries and Elana Meyers Taylor of the US are bobsledding’s most embellished girls, having shared the medal podium at each Olympics since 2010.
The 2 pilots have already mixed to win eight Olympic medals. On Friday, they are going to strive add to that substantial yield within the two-woman bobsled, although they won’t be working collectively.
Humphries and Meyers Taylor are competing with the brakewomen Kaysha Love (within the sled piloted by Humphries) and Sylvia Hoffman (who will experience with Meyers Taylor). Love and Hoffman, who will push the sleds in the beginning, hop in after which yank the brakes after crossing the end line, are making their Olympic debuts practically three weeks after arriving in Beijing.
“She will’t win that medal with out teamwork,” Love stated of competing with Humphries, “so I simply put a few of that antsy power into ensuring that she doesn’t have to fret concerning the stuff on the again finish.”
Meyers Taylor has delivered a medal within the occasion at three straight Olympics: silvers in Pyeongchang in 2018 and Sochi in 2014, and a bronze in Vancouver in 2010. In two of these Video games — Vancouver and Sochi — Humphries gained the gold racing for Canada. (Mariama Jamanka of Germany is the defending Olympic champion within the two-woman bobsled.)
Each Humphries, who’s representing the US on the Olympics for the primary time after a cut up with Canada’s federation, and Meyers Taylor, who sat out a weeklong isolation after testing constructive for the coronavirus after arriving in Beijing, have taken winding paths to the beginning line.
However they each blistered the Nationwide Sliding Middle’s observe within the inaugural monobob occasion, by which they pushed and steered their very own sleds and completed first and second. And each are anticipated to contend within the two-woman occasion, which can maintain two heats Friday and two extra on Saturday. Every sled’s cumulative time will decide the medalists.
With the introduction of the monobob at this 12 months’s Video games, that is the primary time that ladies could have two possibilities to medal on the Olympics. However that has been it’s personal sort of problem, the 37-year-old Meyers Taylor stated.
“I’m fairly drained — I’m not going to lie,” she stated after her two-woman coaching heats earlier this week, a day after the monobob competitors ended. “It took lots to do what we did yesterday, so simply making an attempt to return down off of that and making an attempt to reset. It’s positively going to be a problem for everybody out right here who did monobob as properly.”