Late-night mechanics get Meyers back on track

Sun Feb 16, 2014 5:32am EST
Email This Article |
Share This Article
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
| Print This Article | Single Page
[-] Text [+]

By Justin Palmer

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - To say USA-1 driver Elana Meyers has had a rough rollercoaster ride at the Sochi Games would be an understatement.

Quickest in three official training runs to underline her credentials as a gold medal contender, the American has also experienced the flip side of bobsleigh - twice crashing at the Sanki Sliding Centre.

The latest came on Saturday when a delayed braking maneuver sent her, brakeman Lauryn Williams and their BMW-designed sled careering head-on into a wall at the end of the finishing straight.

Meyers, who pushed Erin Pac to bronze in 2010, said she had been beaten up "physically, mentally, and emotionally".

As for the sled, it required urgent attention with parts hastily borrowed from an earlier prototype on display at USA House.

"It was pretty damaged," Meyers told reporters after completing official training on Sunday in her good-as-new sled.

"We ran into the wall, skidding around in the braking stretch... it was a head-on collision, one of the hardest hits I've ever taken in a bobsled.

"Luckily, we have some amazing mechanics who were able to get my sled to get ready to go today. They did an amazing job, I can't say enough about what my mechanics have done."   Continued...

Pilot Elana Meyers (R) of the U.S. starts in a two-women bobsleigh training session at the Sanki Sliding Center in Rosa Khutor, during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics February 15, 2014. REUTERS/Murad Sezer