U.S. bobsled crashes, crew walks away unhurt

Feb. 14, 2014 at 11:58 AM
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SOCHI, Russia, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Elena Meyers of the United States and teammate Katie Eberling walked away uninjured Friday when their bobsled rolled over during an Olympic training run.

Meyers, the driver of a sled that is expected to contend for a medal in the two-woman event next week, was able to take part in the second practice run of the day. She had the third fastest time in the second session.

The sled driven by Meyers touched the wall near the bottom of the track on what is labeled as curve No. 16.

"I got in late to curve 16," Meyers said. "I didn't even know it was possible to crash in curve 16, but then I got in late and I touched the sled.

"When you do that and get in late, the sled shoots to the roof. Then it went down, shot straight down and got pressure at the end of the corner and tossed me over. Not fun.

"But I get to say, hey, you know what, I crashed, I took it to the face, but I'm going to go back up there and face my fear and do it again."

The first two runs in the women's event will be held next Tuesday with the medals being awarded after two more runs on Wednesday.

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