The Sliding Center Sanki has been kind to the United States thus far in the 2014 Olympics. Erin Hamlin won the bronze medal in the women’s luge, becoming the first American ever to medal in the event. In skeleton, Noelle Pikus-Pace won silver in the women’s competition while Matthew Antoine took bronze in the men’s.
In the two-man bobsleigh, Steve Holcomb and Steven Langton won bronze, becoming the first Americans to medal in the event since the 1952 Oslo Games. This morning, Americans took two out of three podium positions in the two-women bobsleigh. Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams of the USA-1 sleigh won silver while Jamie Gruebel and Aja Evans of the USA-2 sleigh won bronze.
Gold went to Canadian duo of Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse, who successfully defended their first-place finish in Vancouver. Meyers and Williams led by .11 seconds after three out of four runs. However, the Canadians posted a time of 57.92 seconds in their final run while the Americans completed the course in 58.13 seconds – by far their slowest run of the competition. As a result, the Canadians jumped the Americans in the standings by .10 seconds.
The finish has to be disappointing for Meyers and Williams, who were on the verge of becoming the first Americans to win the event since its inauguration at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games. A gold medal was in their grasp but was lost in a 10th of a second. Still, settling for a silver medal in the Olympics isn’t the worst thing in the world.