From tie for gold in men’s doubles to Elena Meyers Taylor piloting Team USA to silver, the bobsled did not disappoint in PyeongChang. Here are the best moments from the 2018 Winter Games:
Elena Meyers Taylor and Lauren Gibbs love silver
Meyers Taylor and Gibbs won Team USA’s only bobsled medal in PyeongChang, taking care of business over four runs in women’s bobsled.
The two-man bobsled competition was a thrilling affair, and once the dust settled, Germany and Canada shared the top spot on the podium. And the celebration following the tie was what the Olympics are all about.
History for the home team
Pilot Won Yun-Jong drove South Korea to its first medal in the bobsled, following up Yun Sung-Bin’s historic medal in the skeleton — and Won won silver in a tie. The South Korean sled shared silver with the German team piloted by Nico Walther. After four runs down the track, no time separated the two sleds.
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Two-man? Check. Four-man? Double check. Francesco Friedrich piloted his German sled to gold in the four-man bobsled, becoming the sixth pilot to win gold in both the two- and four-man bobsled in the same Olympics on the final day of competition in PyeongChang.
After tying with Canada’s Justin Kripps in two-man, Friedrich made no doubt in four-man, sliding to a dominant win. The German sled was clear of second by 0.53 seconds. And in second? Another tie on the bobsled course — just like the tie for gold in two-man. South Korea and Germany shared the silver medal.
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South Korea’s medal was historic. Won Yun-Jong delivered for the home nation, bringing the country its first medal in the bobsled. Yun Sung-Bin won the country’s first medal in a sliding event by taking gold in skeleton earlier in the games. Germany’s Nico Walther piloted the sled that tied.
Codie Bascue piloted the top American sled to a ninth-place finish. Nick Cunningham and Justin Olsen improved in Runs 3 and 4 to finish 19th and 20th, respectively.
Gold: Germany (Friedrich sled)
Silver: South Korea (Won sled)
Silver: Germany (Walther sled)
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German pilot Francesco Friedrich can make history. After tying for gold in the two-man bobsled, he could become just the sixth pilot to win gold in both the two- and four-man competition in the same Games — and his first two runs in the four-man put him in position to do exactly that. Friedrich’s German sled is in first place after Day 1 of competition, leading by a massive 0.29 seconds with two runs remaining.