Elana Meyers involved in minor bobsled crash

2:45 PM, Feb 15, 2014   |    comments
United States team piloted by Elana Meyers during women's bobsleigh training in the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Sanki Sliding Center. Photo Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
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KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia - Elana Myers says the Winter Olympics in Sochi has been "the most difficult athletic experiences" of her life.

In a Facebook post Saturday she wrote:

This Olympics has been the most difficult athletic experiences of my life. I've been beaten up physically, mentally, and emotionally. I don't say that for sympathy- I say it because I know that everything is worth it for the less than 4 minutes I will race on ice. I love sliding so much and I'm so excited to represent my country on the world's biggest stage! Any adversity I face is well worth it for those 4 runs! Can't wait until Tuesday!

This comes after Elana Meyers and alternate brakeman Katie Eberling crashed near the finish line on their first training run at the Sanki Sliding Center Friday morning.

Meyers and Eberling, who isn't scheduled to race in the Olympics, walked away from the crash but planned stop at the on-site medical center for precautionary measures.


There were no injuries, other than a possible bruise, and Meyers and Eberling made their second run. Williams didn't train today with Meyers because the U.S. bobsled coaches are not making their brakeman take every training run and put unnecessary stress on their bodies.

According to the official results of the training run, Meyers had recorded times at the start and first, second, third and fourth intervals, but did not cross the finish line. At the fourth interval, Meyers had the fourth-fastest time of the training run.

"That is not a fun ride," Meyers said. "BMW sleds are awesome sleds when they are on all fours. They are not fun when they're on their heads. I think I'm the first one to crash one. It withheld the test. (The sled) amazingly is OK, and we were still fast the second run. It's good to go."

Meyers said she crashed in curve 16 when she entered the curve late.

"I didn't even know it was possible to crash in curve 16," Meyers said. "I got in late and the sled shoots to the roof and when I touched (the roof), the sled just shot straight down and tossed me over. Not fun."

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