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Canada’s Humphries/Moyse defend Olympic women’s bobsled title; U.S. gets silver, bronze

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Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse put together a clean final two runs to overtake Team USA’s Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams, and win a second consecutive Olympic gold in women’s bobsled.

Humphries and Moyse were down nearly a quarter of a second to USA-1, but cut the Americans’ lead to .11 of a second after the third run this morning.

On their fourth and final run, they turned in their slowest time at 57.92 seconds.

But Meyers and Williams still had to deliver on their own final run – the very last one of the competition.

Unfortunately for them, they couldn’t get the fast ride they needed. They wound up getting the silver, losing out to Humphries and Moyse by one-tenth of a second on aggregate time.

Jamie Greubel and Aja Evans of USA-2 were in bronze medal position going into today and they were able to stay there to land the final spot on the podium. They finished one second behind the Canadians.

Jazmine Fenlator and Lolo Jones in the third U.S. sled were unable to improve upon their 11th place standing after yesterday’s first two runs.

Despite the near-miss for the gold, Sochi still marks the first two-medal performance for U.S. women’s bobsled in a single Winter Olympics. Additionally, the U.S. has earned at least one medal in each of the four Olympic women’s bobsled competitions.

But Jill Bakken and Vonetta Flowers remain the lone U.S. women’s bobsled gold medalists after taking the first-ever Olympic title on home ice at Salt Lake City 12 years ago.

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WOMEN’S BOBSLED – FINAL STANDINGS
Aggregate time across four runs

1. Canada-1 (Kaillie Humphries/Heather Moyse), 3:50.61
2. USA-1 (Elana Meyers/Lauryn Williams), +.10 seconds
3. USA-2 (Jamie Greubel/Aja Evans), +1.0 seconds

11. USA-3 (Jazmine Fenlator/Lolo Jones), +3.36 seconds

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.

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

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Lauryn Williams boosts Olympic hopes with bobsled win

Lauryn Williams, Elana Meyers
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Lauryn Williams couldn’t have done any better in her final chance to prove she deserves a place on the U.S. Olympic Bobsled Team.

Williams, a three-time Olympic sprinter, and driver Jamie Greubel won the last World Cup race before the Olympic Team will be named in Igls, Austria, on Sunday. The Olympic Team will be named later Sunday.

Williams and Greubel won in a two-run time of 1 minute, 46.28 seconds. Americans Elana Meyers and Aja Evans were second, .13 behind, followed by German Anja Schneiderheinze.

Greubel won her first career World Cup race and passed Meyers for second place in the World Cup standings behind Canadian Olympic and world champion Kaillie Humphries. Williams, too, won her first World Cup gold medal.

“I think I’ve been learning a lot every week,” Greubel said. “I’m still a pretty new driver. … Lauryn gave me an awesome start both runs.”

Williams, the 2004 Olympic 100m silver medalist, is in her rookie season of bobsled. She’s is vying for one of three U.S. Olympic push athlete spots with Evans, Lolo Jones and Katie Eberling.

“I had no idea what was in store for me this season,” Williams said, according to U.S. Bobsled. “I just wanted to come in with positive energy and help out. This is the first time I’ve been a part of a true team sport, and there’s someone else counting on you. You can’t let that person down, and that’s what drives me. It’s very important to give everything I have whenever I’m on that start line.”

Jones, with driver Jazmine Fenlator, finished seventh after being in 11th after the first run. Jones competed in 100m hurdles at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and picked up bobsled after the London Olympics.

Evans is considered a lock to be Meyers’ push athlete in Sochi. Eberling has the most experience with Greubel, but they never won a race together, a feat Williams can now lay claim to. Jones has the most experience with Fenlator.

Igls Two-Woman
1. Jamie Greubel/Lauryn Williams (USA) 1:46.28
2. Elana Meyers/Aja Evans (USA) 1:46.41
3. Anja Schneiderheinze/Stephanie Schneider (GER) 1:46.42
7. Jazmine Fenlator/Lolo Jones (USA) 1:47.01

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