Erin Pac of Farmington, Conn. and teammate Elana Meyers claimed the bronze medal tonight in the women's bobsled at Whistler Sliding Park.
Pac, the driver of the sled, and Meyers had a four-heat combined time of 3 minutes 33.40 seconds after their final run of :53.78.
Gold and silver both went to Canadian pairs. Kallie Humphries and Heather Moyse of Canada 1 claimed the gold medal with a four-heat time of 3:32.28, including a clocking of :53.23 in their fourth heat as the final tandem down the course.
Helen Upperton and Shelley-Ann Brown of Canada 2 won the silver for the home team with an overall time 3:33.13 after finishing with the fastest fourth-heat time of :53.17.
There were 20 sleds in the race, with their order determined in the final heat by reverse order of their standings. Pac and Meyers were the second-to-last pair to go, meaning they were in position for the silver after three heats.
But after a fast start, they had some turbulence some slight wobbles as they navigated a couple of turns in the middle of the track and fell off Canada 2's pace.
Two great skiers . . . Let's see: Lindsey Vonn has a gold (downhill) and a bronze (super-G). Julia Mancuso has a pair of silvers (downhill, super combined). Vonn is the most decorated skier in US history and a ready-made star before arriving in Vancouver. Mancuso, who won gold in the event in 2006, is the favorite. Given their friends/rivals/teammates/ok-it's-complicated relationship, it'll be fascinating to see if either, neither, or both can end up on the podium today, especially since Mancuso has announced she will not race in Friday's slalom. 4:15 p.m.
. . . two great matchups: We're livin' in the Land of Hockey here, so it only seems right that the competition heats up on the ice in the culminating days of the Vancouver Games. Today brings a pair of compelling matchups in the quarterfinals: Ryan Miller and the US take on Switzerland(3 p.m.). And Canada, fresh off its mildly reassuring 8-2 rout of overmatched Germany Tuesday night, faces Alex Ovechkin and potent Russia (7:30 p.m.) in what we suspect will be an instant classic.
New heights?: Belmont's Emily Cook is among the aerialists in the finals tonight, qualifying in fifth place despite a troublesome heel that hindered her training leading up to the Games. Cook, on her third Olympic team but a finalist for the first time, said she plans to be more aggressive with her jumps tonight. Could a medal be within reach?
And don't forget . . . Another New Englander with a chance at the podium? We're all in favor. Erin Pac of Farmington, Conn. is in medal contention in women's bobsled; she's in second place heading into today's third heat.