Olympics / Sports

Williams moves closer to Olympic medal round in bobsled

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- Lauryn Williams needs just two more good bobsled runs to make Olympic history Wednesday night.

Williams, a sprinter-turned-push athlete from Rochester, Pa., and driver Elana Meyers used two record-setting starts to lead the women's bobsled competition after two heats at the Sanki Sliding Center here on Tuesday night.

In rainy conditions that did not affect the covered track, the duo posted a two-run time of 1:54.89, which included a first-run track record time of 57.26 and start-time records of 5.13 on their first run and 5.12 on the second. Canada's top sled trails by .23 seconds.

Williams, who won an Olympic silver medal in the 2004 Athens Games in the 100-meter dash and added a gold in the 2012 London Games in the 100 relay, is in a position to become only the second athlete and the first woman to win a gold medal in both the Olympic Winter Games and the Olympic Summer Games. She could also become the fifth athlete to medal in both.

To this point, the only Olympian to achieve the winter-summer golden accomplishment is American Eddie Egan, who won gold as a light-heavyweight boxer at the Antwerp 1920 Olympic Summer Games and then earned gold as a member of the four-man bobsled team at the Lake Placid 1932 Winter Olympic Games.

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