Bobsleigh - Winter Olympics Day 11

Team USA’s Elana Meyers, Lauryn Williams lead first day of women’s bobsled

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Team USA’s top women’s bobsled pairing will force the defending Olympic champions to have to rally tomorrow at Sanki Sliding Center.

On their second run, driver Elana Meyers and brakeman Lauryn Williams set a new start record (5.13 seconds) and went on to log a 57.63-second time that pushed their overall lead over Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse of Canada to .23 of a second.

Humphries and Meyers, the No. 1 and No. 2-ranked World Cup drivers respectively, were expected to settle the gold between them and it looks like that is what will happen in the final two runs tomorrow.

It’s a solid start for the USA-1 team, which had its sled take front-end damage in a training incident last week. The day before, Meyers was also involved in a crash.

The Americans’ second sled, with driver Jamie Greubel and brakeman Aja Evans, is in bronze medal position at .56 of a second behind Meyers and Williams in USA-1.

Fourth place belongs to Belgium-1 (Elfje Willemsen/Hanna Emilie Marien), but they sit almost half a second behind Greubel and Evans for a spot on the podium.

As for hurdler-turned-bobsledder Lolo Jones, she and driver Jazmine Fenlator currently run 11th in the third sled for the U.S.

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USA-1 (Elana Meyers/Lauryn Williams) leads after the first day of women’s bobsled. Photo: AP

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Eight Russians positive in 2012 Olympic retests

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MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s Olympic Committee said Saturday that eight of the country’s athletes have registered positive in doping retests for the 2012 London Games.

The brief statement from the ROC did not give names or what disciplines the athletes were in, but said they came from three different sports.

It said further information would not be released until so-called “B samples” were tested that would confirm or contradict the retests. The International Olympic Committee stores Olympic doping samples for 10 years to reanalyze them when newer methods become available.

The announcement came amid heightened attention to the doping of Russian athletes.

The international track and field federation suspended Russia’s team from global competition, including the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August, after a World Anti-Doping Agency commission report detailed state-sponsored doping. The IAAF is set to decide on June 17 whether to maintain or lift its suspension.

Earlier this week, Russian state television reported that 10 medalists from the 2008 Beijing Olympics, including 2012 high jump champion Anna Chicherova, were among 14 Russians that tested positive in the reanalysis of their doping samples.

The IOC said Friday that 23 athletes from five sports and six countries had positive findings in retests with improved techniques on 265 samples from the London Games. The IOC did not identify the athletes, their sports or their nationalities. The current retesting program targeted athletes who could be eligible to compete in Rio.

The World Anti-Doping Agency announced this month that it has appointed an independent overseer for an investigation into allegations of state-sponsored doping in the Russian team at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

In an interview published in the New York Times, Grigory Rodchenkov, the former head of the Russian lab now living in Los Angeles, said that he switched tainted urine samples for clean ones at the doping lab used for the Sochi Games, with help from people he believed to be officers of the Russian security services.

WATCH LIVE: Prefontaine Classic — 3:30 p.m. ET

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U.S. Olympic track and field hopefuls compete in the biggest meet before the Olympic Trials at the Prefontaine Classic on Saturday, live on NBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra.

The premier annual international meet in the U.S., hosted at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field, takes place five weeks before the U.S. Olympic Trials at the same venue.

The Pre Classic fields on Saturday include U.S. Olympic champions Justin Gatlin (100m), Dawn Harper-Nelson (100m hurdles), Aries Merritt (110m hurdles), LaShawn Merritt (400m) and Sanya Richards-Ross (400m).

International stars such as two-time Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica and Olympic 400m champion Kirani James of Grenada also dot the entry lists.

A full preview with start lists and highlight events to watch is here.

NBCSN will air live coverage Saturday from 3:30-5 p.m. ET. NBC will air live coverage from 5-6 p.m. ET. NBC Sports Live Extra will stream all 2 1/2 hours.

LIVE STREAM: Prefontaine Classic — 3:30-6 p.m. ET