Many were surprised when Williams was elevated to USA 1 heading into the Olympics, while longtime No. 1 brakeman Aja Evans was repositioned behind Greubel a sled down the line. That call, so far, looks equal parts savvy and smart.
USA 3 hovered around fifth or sixth position in three quarters of the intervals measured along the course, but fell to 11th and ninth on the bottom section of both runs. The sled was undone, partly and importantly, by the sections that transition to the stretch run along Turns 13, 14 and 15 the Amen Corner that even bedeviled American bronze medal men's pilot Steven Holcomb.
Darrin Steele, the CEO of USA Bobsled and Skeleton, said during the weekend that the metrics and numbers hold up for Jones, shaking his head at suggestions of a marketing driven conspiracy. He pointed out that the organization has yet to sign a new sponsorship since Jones was picked.
"That's something I've been working on all season. If you look at my results, I've been up and down the ladder. I'm still learning. That's not what I'd prefer to happen at my Olympic Games, but I've still got (Wednesday) and I'm not giving up without a fight."
but also recorded finishes of 7th, 8th, 9th, 15th and 17th.
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"She has these moments in the season where she does one of the most amazing runs ever. I think she's going to show you that."
Expectations on the other sled, however, had been dinged and dented in less time than it takes to walk to the garage and back a medal chasing hole deeply dug.
had been more pain than progress as the duo landed 11th out of 19 teams.
"Everyone reacts different and I tend to get ahead of myself in the sled," she said. embedded itself in two of the three top spots with a pair of medal determining runs remaining on Wednesday.
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The team from the United States USA 3, pilot Jazmine Fenlator, left, and brakeman Lolo Jones, hug after their second run during the women two man bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb.
"I've raced against all of these women, I've beaten all of these women, I've beat them training and races. We've out pushed all these women," she said. "I think just the difference is just calming yourself down.
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"I've got to take it day by day, for sure," said Jones, when asked point blank if a medal she nearly captured in two Summer Olympics had vanished into the damp Russian night. "I want to help Jaz execute. I just hope that she shows the world what a beautiful driver she is.
Jones, the world class 100 meter hurdler, joined fellow track crossover Lauryn Williams as the ninth and 10th Americans, regardless of gender, to compete in both the Summer and Winter Olympics. That registers pretty monumentally on the big deal scale, no matter what the high tech timing devices had to say.
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USA 1 rocketed to a track record in the first run with a time of 57.26 seconds, adding a push start best of 5.12 seconds in the second to lead the rest of the world's gravity thrill seekers. The USA 2 sled of Jamie Greubel, meanwhile, sat two spots back.
Blame about the controversial selection of Jones, too, arrived just as everyone knew it surely would as predictable here as stray dogs and missing shower curtains.
On the track, Jones' start times during her four training heats tied for fourth best overall. The push times on Tuesday remained closer to the top third, as well. Right now, the argument that Jones' spot on the team is a mistake simply doesn't hold water even as sheets of it fell from above.
Consistency, Fenlator said, has rode co pilot in the front of her sled the last two seasons.
When her spikes officially sank into Olympic bobsled ice Tuesday at the Sanki Sliding Center, history already had been made with ink meets paper, can't take it away certainty.
USA 3 mangled its timing along the bottom of the course like an awkward teenager with rigid arms stepping on his date's feet at the junior high dance. Fenlator admitted costly miscues as the sled shot high and rattled to recover.
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