Four years ago, the United States women bobsledders walked away from the Vancouver Olympics with a single medal -- a bronze claimed by Erin Pac.
With three new drivers since then, the Americans are hoping for a lot more success when they compete at the Sanki Sliding Center during this month's Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. And year-round Lake Placid resident Jamie Greubel is certainly in the mix.
After getting a taste of the World Cup podium last winter, this one turned out to be a breakout season for the ultra-competitive 30-year-old former resident of Newtown, Pa. who moved to Lake Placid to pursue her Olympic dream.
Jamie Greubel, right, and brakeman Katie Eberling finish in third place in the women's bobsled World Cup event at Mount Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid on Saturday, Dec. 14.
(AP Photo -- Mike Groll)
Greubel drove to five medals during the past season, including her one gold last month in Igls, Austria. She finished third in a tight overall points race, one position behind teammate Elana Meyers.
Like Meyers, Greubel started in the sport as a push athlete before switching to pilot. Along with a third driver, Jazmine Fenlator, the U.S. will look not only to keep alive its streak of medaling in all four Olympics that included women's bobsled, but possibly to stand on more than one step of the podium.
To do that, the U.S. trio will have to contend with the likes of Canadian Kaillie Humphries, the defending Olympic champion and this year's World Cup points winner, and a strong German team that includes 2006 Olympic gold medalist Sandra Kiriasis.
A former track athlete at Cornell University, Greubel was an alternate bobsled pusher for the 2010 Olympics. After moving up to the pilot's seat, she drove to her first World Cup medal, a silver, a season ago in LaPlange, France with brakeman Emily Azevedo.