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U.S. women earn silver and bronze medals in bobsled

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 19 2014 5:05 p.m. MST

Silver medal winners from the United States Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams, pose during the flower ceremony during the women's bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) (Michael Sohn, AP) Silver medal winners from the United States Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams, pose during the flower ceremony during the women's bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) (Michael Sohn, AP)

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — The medals may not be the color they wanted, but the U.S. women's bobsledders were proud of the effort they offered after capturing silver and bronze medals in Wednesday's final two runs of the women's bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Games.

"I fought every single second down the track and Lauryn really dug it out at the start," said USA-1 pilot Elana Meyers, who teamed up with two-time Summer Olympian Lauryn Williams to earn the silver medal. "We gave everything we had and left it all out there. That's really what it's about. It's about going out there and giving everything you can to fight for your country. We couldn't be happier with that, and hopefully America will forgive me for letting gold slip away."

The defending gold medalists from Canada — Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyes — won gold with a combined time of 3:50.61. Meyers and Williams finished with a combined time of 3:50.71.

From left to right, United States silver medal winners Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams and bronze medal winners Aja Evans and Jamie Greubel pose for pictures after the women's bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics on Feb. 19 in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (Jae C. Hong, Associated Press) From left to right, United States silver medal winners Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams and bronze medal winners Aja Evans and Jamie Greubel pose for pictures after the women's bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics on Feb. 19 in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (Jae C. Hong, Associated Press)

Meyers lost the overall World Cup championship to Humphries by a single point, and now she loses a gold medal by one-tenth of a second. Still, she was thrilled to earn her second Olympic medal (first for Williams) and to be joined on the podium by USA-2 pilot Jamie Greubel and push athlete Aja Evans, who had a combined time of 3:51.61.

The U.S. is the only nation to medal in every women's bobsled Olympic event since the discipline made its debut at the 2002 Salt Lake Games. Jill Bakken and Vonetta Flowers won the inaugural women's bobsled race in 2002, and Flowers became the first African-American ever to win a gold medal at the Winter Games. Shauna Rohbock and Valerie Fleming continued the medal tradition by winning silver in the 2006 Torino Games. Erin Pac and Meyers continued the streak with a bronze medal finish in 2010.

"What an incredible honor it is to be a part of two of those moments," said Meyers, who led through three runs. "I didn't realize that, and it's amazing. I think it says a lot about what our women's team has done to continue to push through and succeed in this sport, and it feels incredible knowing I contributed."

The USA-2 team, piloted by Jamie Greubel with brakeman Aja Evans, crosses into the finish area to win the bronze medal in the women's bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics on Feb. 19 in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (Michael Sohn, Associated Press) The USA-2 team, piloted by Jamie Greubel with brakeman Aja Evans, crosses into the finish area to win the bronze medal in the women's bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics on Feb. 19 in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (Michael Sohn, Associated Press)

USA-3 pilot Jazmine Fenlator and push athlete Lolo Jones finished in 11th place with a time of 3:52.91.

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