January 16, 2015

KOENIGSSEE, Germany (AP) Kathleen Martini steered Germany to a bobsled World Cup victory Friday in a race overshadowed by the heavy crash of the U.S. crew of Jamie Greubel Poser and Lauryn Williams.

Poser crashed heavily in the first heat while heading for a top-3 finish. She and pusher Williams bumped a wall at high speed and overturned, coming down the track upside down before coming to a stop. They were helped out of the bobsled and walked slowly from the scene. They were being evaluated by the U.S. team's medical staff.

Martini took advantage of another American crash, by first-run leader Elana Meyers Taylor, whose bobsled went on its side in the same area as Poser's vehicle. The American managed to upright the bobsled and got back on track but dropped down to finish sixth, after winning the first three races of the season. Meyers Taylor and pusher Cherrelle Garrett had set a course record of 50.28 seconds in the first run.

Martini and pusher Lisa Marie Buckwitz won in a two-run time 1 minute, 41.88 seconds, edging Elfje Willemsen and Annelies Holthof of Belgium by .04 seconds.

Anja Schneiderheinze and Annika Drazek of Germany finished third, .08 seconds back. The American crew of Jazmine Fenlator and Lauren Gibbs placed fourth, .18 seconds behind the winning time.

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