February 15

USA women’s bobsled damaged after training run

Driver Elana Meyers and brakeman Lauryn Williams did not take a second run.

The Associated Press

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia – The top U.S. Olympic women’s bobsled sustained damage to its front end at after a fast training run Saturday.

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In this file photo Elena Meyers and Katie Eberling of the United States take a turn during a training session for the women’s bobsleigh at the 2014 Winter Olympics Friday.

The Associated Press

Elana Meyers and brakeman Lauryn Williams completed their practice run down the Sanki Sliding Center course in 57.50 seconds – 0.34 seconds faster than any other sled – before banging a wall in the outrun. The pair did not take their second run so mechanics could fix the BMW-designed sled.

On Friday, Meyers crashed the sled at the bottom of the course on her first run. She and alternate brakeman Katie Eberling were uninjured and made a second run in USA-1 without incident, posting one of the session’s fastest times.

USA-2 driver Jamie Greubel and alternate brakeman Kristi Koplin had the best time (58.13 seconds) in Saturday’s second training run.

The women’s competition begins Tuesday with two runs.

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