Elana Meyers Taylor poses during a Team USA Beijing 2022 Olympic shoot on September 12, 2021 in Irvine, California.
Elana Meyers Taylor and Lake Kwaza had not raced together for a year, but turned out to be a gold medal combo on Sunday in two-man bobsled at the World Cup in Sigulda, Latvia.
Meyers Taylor and Kwaza had the fastest start and finish times in their first run and were able to maintain their lead over the field in the second run. Their time of 1: 41.88 was 0.22 seconds ahead of Mica McNeill and Adele Nicoli of Great Britain and 0.24 seconds ahead of Canadians Christine De Bruin and Kristen Bujnowski. De Bruin now sits second behind Meyers Taylor in the two-woman World Cup standings after Meyers Taylor claimed her first victory in the event in nearly three years.
“It was a tight competition,” Meyers Taylor told USA Bobsled / Skeleton. “This track is really difficult, and to come away with a win is good.”
The most recent two-way victory for Meyers Taylor came in Lake Placid, New York, in February 2019. It also came from Kwaza, who competed with Meyers Taylor on the 2018-19 World Cup circuit. Kwaza’s two World Cup wins have now pushed Taylor, who now has 19 career titles in two.
“It was great to run with Lake again,” said the three-time Olympic medalist. “She did a great job today.”
Meyers Taylor did not take part in the women’s monobob event at Sigulda in an effort to stay cool during a busy January as the World Cup season draws to a close. Her American teammate Kaillie Humphries didn’t take part in Sigulda at all, choosing to take a break before the World Cup schedule resumes in Winterberg, Germany next week.
“I really need to preserve my body and I know I have to take it slow sometimes,” said Meyers Taylor. “It’s been a battle all season long with injuries, and all of our brakemen really stuck there. I’ve had five different push athletes now for different races, and they’ve all pushed me the best they can no matter where I am physically.