Lauren Gibbs and Aja Evans have been picked Saturday as the force athletes who will be part of pilots Elana Meyers Taylor and Jamie Greubel Poser on the U.S. Olympic women’s bobsled crew.
Gibbs will be in Meyers Taylor’s sled at the Pyeongchang Online games. Evans will force for Greubel Poser, a mixture that attained the U.S. a bronze medal at the Sochi Online games 4 yrs ago — as nicely as a gold medal in a Entire world Cup race at the Olympic observe in South Korea previous period.
“We you should not take this choice gentle-heartedly,” United states of america Bobsled and Skeleton CEO Darrin Steele stated. “The assortment committee chose the athletes they consider have the very best opportunity of bringing home hardware from Korea for Staff United states of america. I wish we could take the overall crew with us since they’ve all tested how really hard-doing work and established they are in addition to currently being incredibly gifted.”
Briauna Jones will go to Pyeongchang as the team’s alternate, and could be termed on if either Gibbs or Evans is injured.
Lolo Jones, who pushed Meyers Taylor to a Entire world Cup gold earlier Saturday in St. Moritz, Switzerland, did not make the crew. She was bidding to develop into a 4-time Olympian — 2 times in the summer time as a hurdler, 2 times in the winter season as a bobsledder.
Meyers Taylor received silver in Sochi with Lauryn Williams, who has since retired.
Meyers Taylor and Greubel Poser will both have medal likely in Pyeongchang. Meyers Taylor is ranked second in this season’s Entire world Cup details race, Greubel Poser fourth.
The U.S. applied six force athletes in Entire world Cup races this period, and 5 experienced genuine scenarios for Olympic crew inclusion — meaning the assortment committee experienced lengthy known it would have a brutal time picking a roster for Pyeongchang.
It received even harder Saturday.
The U.S., which predicted to get 3 sleds capable for the Olympics, wound up with only two following United states of america-3 driver Brittany Reinbolt missed the 3rd berth by finishing about a person-sixth of a second slower than she wanted to at the St. Moritz Entire world Cup on Saturday. So in its place of 5 females currently being less than thought for 3 force places, it grew to become 5 for two.
Athletes have been instructed to get ready for an 11 p.m. local time announcement in St. Moritz, where the committee was meeting. That announcement received pushed back about 30 minutes, presumably since the committee wanted far more time to crunch its facts.
The U.S. is the only nation to gain at least a person medal in each and every Olympic women’s bobsled race, together with the silver and bronzes from Sochi 4 yrs ago. Jill Bakken and Vonetta Flowers received gold at Salt Lake Metropolis in 2002, Shauna Rohbock and Valerie Fleming claimed silver at Turin in 2006, and Erin Pac and Meyers Taylor — then a brakeman — received bronze at Vancouver in 2010.
The Olympic groups for men’s bobsled, women’s skeleton and men’s skeleton are scheduled to be nominated Monday.
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