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Elana Meyers Taylor takes third in bobsled races against men

Elana Meyers Taylor

The team from the United States USA-1, piloted by Elana Meyers with brakeman Lauryn Williams, get congratulated in the finish area after their silver medal run during the women’s bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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Two-time Olympic bobsled medalist Elana Meyers Taylor finished third in the U.S. Bobsled four-man trials over the weekend, taking a step toward competing against men internationally this season.

The International Bobsled Federation (FIBT) made four-man bobsled a gender-neutral event starting this season. Meyers Taylor and two-time Olympic gold medalist Canadian Kaillie Humphries both want to drive bobsleds with three men’s push athletes.

Humphries, also third at the Canadian Championships, and Meyers Taylor could make their international four-man debuts in a lower-level competition in Park City, Utah, this week.

In her selection races, Meyers Taylor finished behind U.S. Olympic drivers Steven Holcomb and Nick Cunningham and beat Codie Bascue, who was the 23rd-ranked driver in the world (and fourth among Americans) by FIBT points last season.

“I think this moment is pretty big,” Meyers Taylor said, according to U.S. Bobsled. “It says a lot about my guys. The fact that they were willing to slide with me is pretty huge. Hopefully it shows that the women are able to slide with the men. That’s what we have been trying to do all along is to prove we can drive four-man sleds.”

The top-level World Cup season begins in Lake Placid, N.Y., in December.

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