Meyers Taylor goes for Olympic gold today

Special Photo/Molly Choma Douglasville native Elana Meyers Taylor and teammate Lauren Gibbs sits in second place after the first day of competition at the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea.

Douglasville native Elana Meyers Taylor and United States bobsled teammate Lauren Gibbs are in second place after the first day of competition at the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea.

The two are just 0.07 seconds behind the German team after Tuesday morning’s two heats.

Meyers Taylor and Gibbs are trying to become the United States’ first women’s bobsled team to win a gold medal since Jill Bakken and Vonetta Flowers won gold in 2002, when the event made its Olympic debut.

“I’m confident that tomorrow we’re going to go out there and throw it down,” Meyers Taylor said in the post-race press conference.

A graduate of Lithia Springs High, Meyers Taylor has won a bronze in 2010 in Vancouver and a silver in 2014 in Sochi.

In their first heat, Meyers Taylor and Gibbs set a track record in jumping to first place. The second run, which was 0.29 seconds slower, dropped them into second place behind the German team of Mariama Jamanka and Lisa Buckwitz.

The competition at the Olympics resumes at 6:40 a.m. on Wednesday on NBC.

In Tuesday’s first heat, Meyers Taylor set a start record, but had trouble with the infamous ninth turn on the course. Even with two knocks against the wall coming out of the turn, Meyers Taylor regrouped and put together a course-record run of 50.52 seconds to take the lead after the first run.

“Curve 9 is tricky,” Meyers Taylor said. “So, had a few problems there. [The course] is a lot faster than we’ve trained on it before. My reaction was a hair off. I was a little late and got a little bit of a wall there. But you know what, I’ve learned a lot from today and I’m going to go after it (Wednesday).”

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