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With only two sleds skilled for the Pyeongchang Olympics, the normally aggressive spots for U.S. brakemen got tighter.
Olympic medalist Aja Evans and Lauren Gibbs had been named to the crew on Saturday. Gibbs, who created her initially Olympic crew, will push Elana Meyers Taylor’s sled, although Evans will yet again push Jamie Greubel Poser’s sled immediately after the pair won bronze in Sochi in their Olympic debut.
Briauna Jones was named as a substitute athlete. The crew announcement arrived immediately after the U.S. concluded World Cup competitors in St. Moritz on Saturday.
The selections and deficiency of a third sled meant that Lolo Jones, a controversial pick for the crew in Sochi, will not contend.
“Six push athletes have been battling it out week immediately after week and profitable medals on the World Cup circuit this year, but we only have two spots for the Online games,” said Usa Bobsled and Skeleton Federation CEO Darrin Steele. “We don’t consider this final decision mild-heartedly. The variety committee chose the athletes they consider have the best probability of bringing dwelling hardware from Korea for Team Usa.”
Since the 2016-17 time, Evans has 7 entire world cup medals and pushed Greubel Poser to bronze at previous year’s entire world championship.
Gibbs, meanwhile, has 11 World Cup medals in her four seasons in the activity and pushed Meyers Taylor’s sled to bronze at the 2016 entire world championships.
Meyers Taylor is in search of her third Olympic medal immediately after profitable silver with Lauryn Williams in Sochi. As a brakeman for Erin Pac, Meyers Taylor won bronze in Vancouver.
Both equally U.S. sleds are favored to medal but will have to knock off two-time defending gold medalist Kaillie Humphries of Canada. At the examination occasion in Pyeongchang, Greubel Poser got the win although Meyers Taylor was next.
Meyers Taylor and Lolo Jones took gold for the pilot’s initially entire world cup win of the time on Saturday. Jones afterwards tweeted her congratulations and best needs to the crew.
The United States experienced been hoping to qualify a few sleds, but narrowly missed that on Saturday. Needing to finish increased than the third Canadian crew to qualify a third sled for Pyeongchang, Brittany Reinbolt finished in 15th, placing her one particular place and .16 seconds behind Canada’s Christine de Bruin.
“I’m feeling these a mixture of emotions ideal now,” Meyers Taylor said in a press release. “I experience gutted. Brittany was one particular of my recruits. It is bittersweet because I have been functioning all time to get a race win and I understood I could win listed here. I understood with the depth of brakemen we have that we could do it, we could have a terrific push and win, but, geez, I’m just gutted for Brittany and our brakemen. Which is activity however.”
Lolo Jones was named to the Sochi crew amid criticism from fellow U.S. athletes Katie Eberling and Emily Azevedo, who said Usa Bobsled created the preference centered much more on Jones’ recognition and marketability than talent.
Jones pushed Jazmine Fenlator’s Usa-3 sled to an 11th-location finish in Sochi. She instructed Usa Now Athletics in November that although an additional Summer months Olympics would be a risk, Jones would not try for an additional Wintertime Olympics.