Hefti crowned European champion after 2-man bobsled WCup race; Meyers Taylor wins on return

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ST. MORITZ, Switzerland — Beat Hefti of Switzerland won a two-man bobsled World Cup race on his home course Saturday to also be crowned European champion.

In a winning comeback to World Cup racing after two months sidelined by a concussion, Elana Meyers Taylor of the United States took victory in the two-woman event.

Hefti, the Sochi Olympics silver medalist, and brakeman Alex Baumann were .18 seconds faster than American pair Steven Holcomb and Carlo Valdes over two runs down the Olympia course.

Holcomb had the fastest speeds both times, peaking at 144 kph (89.5 mph), but Hefti's driving was superior.

Nico Walther and Christian Poser of Germany placed third, trailing Hefti by .20, and took the European silver medal. Bronze went to another German crew, Maximilian Arndt and Kevin Kuske.

Won Yun-jong with brakeman Seo Young-woo of South Korea placed fifth and retained his World Cup standings lead over Walther.

Meyers Taylor and brakewoman Lauren Gibbs were .38 faster than Anja Schneiderheinze and Annika Drazek of Germany. Schneiderheinze retained her European title.

Olympic champion Kaillie Humphries of Canada was third, trailing .76 behind the Americans and retained her World Cup standings lead.

European silver went to Elfje Willemsen and Sophie Vercruyssen of Belgium.

Junior world champion Stephanie Schneider of Germany, with brakewoman Lisa Marie Buckwitz, placed sixth in the race and got the European bronze medal in Schneider's World Cup debut.

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