St. Moritz, Switzerland (4E Sports) – With the help of Olympic 100-meter hurdler Lolo Jones, the United States successfully defended its combined bobsled-skeleton team event title at the Bauhaus FIBT World Championships at the Olympia track.
The event accumulated times from the women’s bobsled, where Jones participated as brakewoman for Elana Meyers, two-man bob plus men’s and women’s skeleton.
Aside from Meyers and Jones, the Americans were also represented by John Daly, Noelle Pikus-Pace and the partnership of Steven Holcomb and Curtis Tomasevicz.
The United States beat the German squad by 0.24 seconds for the gold despite winning just one event courtesy of skeleton racer Pikus-Pace, who beat German rival Marion Thees by 1.7 seconds.
The Germans, represented by Frank Rommel, Sandra Kiriasis/Sarah Noll, Marion Thees and Francesco Friedrich/Gino Gerhardi, settled for silver despite winning three of four events.
The Canadian team of Eric Neilson, Kaillie Humphries/Chelsea Valois, Sarah Reid and Lyndon Rush/Cody Sorensen took the bronze medal, coming in 1.01 seconds behind the Americans.
The partnership of Jones and Mayers finished third overall in the women’s bobsledding behind the German pair of Kiriasis and Sarah Noll, who ruled the event in 1:07.53, 0.23 seconds ahead of Humphries and Valois.
Holcomb and Tomasevicz also placed third in the wo-man bobsled, behind eventual winners Friedrich and Baecker and runners-up Beat Hefti and Thomas Lamparter of Switzerland.
The championships continue for one more week, with the next medal decided Friday in women’s skeleton.
Daly, for his part, ended up in seventh place in the men’s skeleton.