LiveWINTER OLYMPICS LIVE: Women's bobsleigh, day two

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  • Trowbridge's Paula Walker and brakewoman Rebekah Wilson finish 12th in the women's two-man bobsleigh at Sochi 2014
  • The Great Britain duo finish with an overall time of 3:54.24, clocking in with 58.88 on their third run and 58.60 in the fourth and final heat
  • Canada win Olympic gold


So after a thrilling climax to today's action, Trowbridge's Paula Walker is left to reflect on a 12th-placed finish at her second Winter Olympics.

There's a sense of disappointment from the Great Britain ace, who had targetted a top-eight finish in Sochi.

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Meanwhile, confirmation that Paula Walker and Rebekah Wilson finish 12th overall at Sochi 2014

Wiltshire Times: Paula Walker and Rebekah WIlson in action at Sanki Sliding Centre today


CANADA take Olympic gold by 0.1 seconds after United States 1 crack under the pressure on their final slide 


Final sled of Sochi 2014 is on its way as USA 1 push off


Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse rack up 3:50.61.

What can United States 1 - Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams come up with now?


Canada 1 are underway


Meanwhile, Jamie Greubel and Aja Evans come home with an overall time of 3:51.61 to guarantee themselves a medal



Right, the final three are up next, with United States 2 up next.




So we'll keep an eye on where Trowbridge's Walker and her team-mate Wilson end up as attention switches to the top of the leaderboard, where it's achingly-tight between United States 1 and Canada 1 for the gold medal. 

13 crews have slid, with the top six left to come 


Germany 3 also notch up 3:53.74 overall - it looks as though the Great Britian duo are set for 12th place 


The Americans come home in 58.74 and Walker and Wilson stay where they are for now, 0.27 behind USA 3


USA 3 are up next - have the GB1 girls done enough to move up the standings?


Walker and Wilson come home in 58.603:54.24 overall


Great start of 5.39 - their quickest so far!


Are off they go! 


It's time. Great Britain are up next!



And there's disappointment for Austria as they drop a place, 0.24 slower than Australia


It's Austria who are up next - two more sleds to go after this before it's Walker and Wilson in action


Australia and to complete their run and they go down in 58.37


The home sled are 0.73 ahead of Romania


Next up: Russia 2.


Third to finish are Romania, who come home in 59.09



Korea come home in 1:00.26 to ensure they finish off the bottom, ahead of Brazil


The Brazilian's notch up 1:01.20 in their final run - there were some more hairy moments along the way but they're home safe! 


The final part of the women's two-man bobsleigh is underway as Brazil get on their way!


We're minutes away from the start of the final runs.

Brazil, who had a horror outing not long ago and almost crashed, will bring their Olympic adventure to an end when they push off first


All together now: "Awwwww"


Just a reminder that were back into reverse order for the decisive final run, so Paula and Rebekah will be eighth to push off.

Stay right here for live updates of the conclusion to the women's two-man bobsleigh! 



So that brings the third runs to an end and there's just over 25 minutes remaining until Paula Walker and Rebekah Wilson take to the ice for their final run.

The Great Britain pair are still 12th overall 92:55.64), 0.41 seconds off eleventh-placed United States 3 and 0.64 off the top ten




Korea bring it home in 1:00.44 to complete the third set of runs 


But they keep it together to put together a third run of 1:00.73


And Brazil come within a whisker of crashing on turn eleven! 


The penultimate crew, Brazil, are on their way


Just four crews left to go in Sochi - don't forget that the fourth and final runs begin at 5.25pm UK time 


The Australian duo clock in at 2:56.18 overall, whilst Austria rack up 2:55.88 overall to leapfrog them.

Walker and Wilson still 12th



The Great Britain sliders remain in 12th after Canada 2 take to the ice, clocking in with an overall time of 2:55.78, 0.14 seconds behind


Walker and Wilson finish in 58.88 their third run, remaining in 12th place.

The Great Britain duo have a time of 2:55.64 overall, 0.41 seconds behind 11th-place United States 3


The duo take a big hit on the third corner 


And off they go! It's a start of 5.41 


Here we go - Walker and Wilson are at the start line


USA 3 come home in 58.30


A start of 5.27 from the Americans


One more sled to go before the Great Britain duo and it's United States 3 - the crew of track star Lolo Jones and Jazmine Fenlator 


Switzerland come home in 58.29, to go up to ninth place 


After Germany 3 come home in 58.53, the tenth crew, Fabienne Meyer and Tanja Mayer of Switzerland, are up next 


But after a thrid run of 58.77, they go ahead of Russia into seventh!


Germany 2 are on ice now and it's a slow start from them


Russia 1 stay seventh overall, 2.14 seconds off the leaders


Boisterous scenes at the Sanki track as Russia's top sled get on their way! 


58.20 from the Netherlands sees them leapfrog Belgium (58.33) into fifth place 


Don't forget - Trowbridge's Paula Walker and brakewoman Rebekah Wilson slide 12th this afternoon


Germany 1 come home in 58.33, staying in fifth place 


Four crews have slid already and it's tight at the top, with rivals USA 1 and Canada 1 a whisker apart 


58.33 from the Belgium duo  



The USA's second place clock in with bang on 58 seconds, 0.87 seconds off the leaders


And here come United States 2 - Jamie Gruebel and Aja Evans


57.57 is the time from Canada's Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse, who superbly cut the gap at the top to 0.11 seconds to put themselves in with a shout of the gold medal


Canada 1 are on their way now 


57.69 is the opening time from the United States pair, who took one nasty-looking hit during that run


And off they go - heat three gets underway at Sochi 2014!


And the final day of competition is moments away from getting underway as American leaders Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams return to the start line 


Television coverage has just begun at the Sanki Sliding Centre, which looks simply beautiful under the night sky


And not a moment too soon, here's John Jackson's good luck message:




So for heat three, we go back to the normal start order.

Leaders United States 1 will go first, whilst Walker and Wilson will be 12th to go.

Just over ten minutes remaining now...



Less than half an hour to go now until the third run gets underway.

Here's what Walker's brakewoman Wilson (pictured, left) had to say about the first half of the British pair's Sochi performance:

"The drive went really well - much better than in training. If we could get into the top 10 that would be a good result for us, because it is a really difficult track."

Wiltshire Times:






Of course, you'll be well aware that Walker's partner is men's GB1 pilot John Jackson, who competes in the men's four-man event on Saturday and Sunday.

And there's some promising news from Jackson, who's crew were the third-fastest in the seocnd run of official training todayWiltshire Times:


Wiltshire Times:

Yesterday, Walker spoke of her desire to turn her second Winter Olympics experience into a family affair.

She said: "My mum (Denise) doesn't even watch it on TV so it was a real new experience for her and my grandma (Janet Holden), and it is really nice to have my family come out all this way to support us.

"My dad (Paul) wasn't in Vancouver because he had terminal cancer, so I think it was my mum's mission to come for these Olympics. She wouldn't have it any other way.

"She has even told me she wants to go down in a bobsleigh."


1:56.76 is the time Walker and Wilson notched up overall, with the pace set by leaders United States 1 (1:54.89).

The duo will be looking to see if they can gain some ground on the USA's third sled, who are just 0.03 seconds ahead with 1:56.73, whilst tenth-placed Switzerland sit on 1:56.52.



Right, let's have a quick re-cap of yesterday's on-ice action.

Walker, who made her Olympic debut as she finished 11th alongside Kelly Thomas at the Vancouver games in 2010, was 12th to push off in the opening set of runs and the Trowbridge ace and Wilson stayed true to their starting posititon as they stayed put after clocking in with 58.36 seconds.

Then, in the afternoon's second heat, a run of 58.40 saw the duo maintain their respectable placing

Wiltshire Times: Paula Walker and Rebekah WIlson in action at Sanki Sliding Centre today


We'll be keeping a close eye on all the action in Russia so keep your internet browsers here for live updates of Walker's quest for Olympic glory.

You can leave your thoughts in the comment box below or tweet us your good luck messages for Paula and Rebekah to @WTSport 


Good Good afternoon and welcome to the Wiltshire Times' coverage of the final two runs of the women's two-man bobsleigh event at Sochi 2014.

Local eyes are all on Trowbridge-based GB1 pilot Paula Walker, who sits 12th in the standings after the first two heats of competition yesterday.

The 27-year-old former junior world champion, partnered by brakewoman Rebekah Wilson, are set to push off on the third of their four runs in just over an hour's time 


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