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USA women's bobsled crashes in training

  • The Sports Network
  • Published Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, at 7:59 a.m.

Krasnaya Polyana, Russia (SportsNetwork.com) - United States women's bobsled driver Elana Meyers crashed during her first training run on Friday.

Meyers, with brakeman Katie Eberling, rolled the sled after touching the wall coming out of corner 16 near the bottom of the track at the Sanki Sliding Center. There were no injuries and the two were able to take their second training run.

"I got in late to curve 16," said Meyers. "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, and when I touched it, the sled went down, shot straight down and got pressure at the end of the corner and tossed me over. Not fun."

Considered a medal favorite, Meyers piloted the USA-1 sled to the third- fastest time in her second training run.

"That's the cool thing about bobsled, there's that danger, that risk and possibility that something could go wrong," Meyers added. "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 women's two-man competition starts Tuesday and finishes Wednesday.

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