WINTERBERG, Germany -- Elana Meyers Taylor and pusher Cherrelle Garrett beat three German crews to win the first world championship title in women's bobsled for the United States on Saturday.
The Americans led after the first two heats on Friday and held in the final two runs Saturday to win comfortably ahead of Anja Schneiderheinze and partner Annika Drazek, completing the four runs in an aggregate time of three minutes, 46.47 seconds to beat the Germans by .43 seconds. Cathleen Martini and pusher Stephanie Schneider were 1.06 minutes behind in third.
"I am overwhelmed with emotion right now, I am so happy," Meyers Taylor said in a statement released by USA Bobsled & Skeleton after the event. "It all came together thanks to great coaches, teammates and staff. Everybody worked so hard to get this, and I'm just so grateful and thankful."
Meyers Taylor also became the first U.S. driver, man or woman, in 56 years to win a worlds title on a non-North American track.
The Americans' two other teams finished within the top 10, with Jamie Greubel Poser and Lauren Gibbs fifth and Jazmine Fenlator and Natalie DeRatt sixth.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.