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2014 Olympic results: U.S. bobsledders make plenty of history in finals

Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams celebrate their silver medal win in bobsled at the 2014 Winter Olympics on Feb. 19.
Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams celebrate their silver medal win in bobsled at the 2014 Winter Olympics on Feb. 19.
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Although USA-1, piloted by Elana Meyers, fell just short of earning the gold medal during the final heat of the ladies' bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi on Feb. 19, the event's outcome still made plenty of American history.

Meyers, who served as the brakeman for the bronze medal winning sled at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, became the first woman in U.S. history to earn more than one Olympic medal in bobsledding.

Meyers' brakeman, track and field star-turned bobsledder Lauryn Williams, became the first American woman and only the fifth person ever to achieve podium finishes in both Winter and Summer Games events. In addition to her Sochi silver, Williams also owns a silver from the 100 meter track event at the 2004 Athens Summer Games, and a gold from the 4x100 meter relay at the 2012 Games in London.

The event's outcome, which saw Canada's Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse defend their 2010 title, made U.S. history in one final way, as USA-2, manned by Jamie Greubel and Aja Evans, finished .9 second behind their teammates to take the bronze. It marked the first time in history that female U.S. bobsledders have earned two podium spots in a single Olympic competition.

The final American sled, manned by driver Jazmine Fenlator and brakeman Lolo Jones, finished well-behind their teammates in 11th place.

A very pleased Evans shared her thoughts with fans following the competition's end, tweeting "We did it!!!! BRONZE, baby!!! I'll take that!"

Bobsled action from the 2014 Winter Olympics continues Feb. 22 with the first two heats of the four-man competition, featuring defending Olympic champion Steve Holcomb.