Canada wins gold in bobsled; Williams snags silver
Rzhanaya Polyana, Russia (SportsNetwork.com) - American track and field star Lauryn Williams may not have made history on Wednesday, but did walk away with a silver medal in the women's bobsled event.
Williams, a two-time medalist in the Summer Games, was trying to become just the second Olympian to win gold medals in both the Winter and Summer Games. And it looked as if she was going to get there after her and teammate Elana Meyers led the 19-team field after the third heat at the Sanki Sliding Center.
However, the tandem stumbled a bit in the fourth run after a nearly flawless heat from the Canadian team of Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse, who became the first women bobsledders to repeat as Olympic champions with a total time of 3 minutes and 50.61 seconds, .10 seconds ahead of the Americans.
The 28-year-old Humphries took gold four years ago in Vancouver and won the world championship in both 2012 and '13. Moyse, meanwhile, won gold with Humphries in 2010 after finishing fourth in 2006.
Instead of joining fellow American Eddie Eagan, who took gold in boxing in 1920 before winning in bobsledding during the 1932 Games, Williams had to settle for becoming just the fifth-ever athlete to medal in both the Summer and Winter Games.
Williams is a two-time Olympic medalist at the Summer Games, having won a silver medal in the 100-meter sprint at the 2004 Athens Olympics before grabbing gold in the 2012 Games in London. She ran the qualifier for the 400- meter relay and the U.S. went on to win the final.
Another United States duo of Jamie Greubel and Aja Evans snuck in for the bronze medal.
Fellow track star Lolo Jones was not as fortunate as Williams, as she and teammate Jazmine Fenlator finished in 11th place, 3.36 seconds off the pace of the leaders.