WINTER OLYMPICS LIVE: Women's bobsleigh, day one
This live event has finished
- Trowbridge pilot Paula Walker starts her bid in women's two-man event in Sochi with brakewoman Rebekah Wilson
- Walker and Wilson 12th off in first run from 3.15pm (British time)
- Final two runs are held tomorrow from 4.15pm (British time)
Paula Walker (right) and Rebekah Wilson start their second run at Sanki Sliding Centre today
That's all from Winter Olympics Live today. A reminder that a roundup of the day one women's bobsleigh action will appear at wiltshiretimes.co.uk/sport shortly and Winter Olympics Live will return tomorrow for the final two runs.
I made it clear that this track hasn't been in love with me in training but it clicked with me today. Maybe tomorrow it can get even better for us.Paula Walker tells the BBC
#TeamGB pair of @BexGBbobsleigh and @paulawalkerGB sit 12th overnight after two runs of the women's #bobsleigh with a time of 1.56.76.— @TeamGB 18 February 2014
@BexGBbobsleigh @paulawalkerGB well done girls. Really appreciate your hard work & dedication to the sport. Screaming & cheering for you!— @Muminthecountry 18 February 2014
Smiles from @TeamGB @paulawalkerGB & @BexGBbobsleigh as they make it through the media zone after first day of racing http://t.co/wNkzuV4WIO— @skeletonamy 18 February 2014
@paulawalkerGB "found a bit of love" for the track tonight. She returns with @BexGBbobsleigh @TeamGB tomorrow at 16.15 on @BBCSport— @piers_martin 18 February 2014
@paulawalkerGB and @BexGBbobsleigh chatting to @matthewcpinsent on @BBCSport now....under an umbrella— @piers_martin 18 February 2014
A roundup of the day one action will appear at wiltshiretimes.co.uk/sport shortly and hopefully we'll have some reaction from Walker and Wilson. Don't forget, Winter Olympics Live will return tomorrow for the final two runs.
United States 1, Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams, lead after day one.
Equally, it's almost certain the medals will be shared between USA's 1 and 2 and Canada 1, although the order will be determined by teh final two runs tomorrow.
Looking likely that, barring a disaster from one of the top three crews that Walker and Wilson will end the day 12th. They're only 0.03 behind United States 3, followed by a bit of a gap up to Switzerland 1.
Walker and Wilson are sixth at the moment, with the best-placed crews after run one still to come. Russia 1 lead.
Switzerland 1 take over at the head of affairs, 0.21 seconds faster than the Americans
USA 2 have a bit of a bumpy ride down, with a couple of big slides, but they're 0.03 ahead of the British duo, who drop down to second, but have a good bit of daylight between themselves and Canada 2, who are 0.30 behind.
@paulawalkerGB @BexGBbobsleigh @TeamGB great slide girls #TeamGB #pushGirlspush— @sydjnr73 18 February 2014
Whoooop no1 on slide no2 fantastic run girls!!! Well done! @BexGBbobsleigh @paulawalkerGB @TeamGB #GoTeamGB 🇬🇧— @gllnkk 18 February 2014
@BexGBbobsleigh @paulawalkerGB well done girls, good 2nd run 🇬🇧— @dibgbydog 18 February 2014
58.40 in the second run. That was a very good second run for the British pair there and they look pretty happy with that. She had to contend with an iffy start too when she appeared to get her foot stuck. Into the lead at the moment.
Plenty of cheers as the Brits prepare for the off.......
Okay, here we go, Walker and Wilson prepare to start their second run.....
The #bobsleigh second heat runs have begun. #TeamGB's @paulawalkerGB and @BexGBbobsleigh lie 12th at the moment. #GoTeamGB #Sochi2014— @TeamGB 18 February 2014
The Koreans are marginally quicker this time. Brazil 1 is down next - Brazilian crew crashed in practice and they nearly go again before coming down marginally in front of the Koreans' time.
Time for 2nd slide of @TeamGB @GBBobsleigh for @BexGBbobsleigh @paulawalkerGB Come on girls, you can do it! #GoTeamGB 🇬🇧— @gllnkk 18 February 2014
Korea 1 is on the start line for run two. They had the dubious distinction of being the only sled down in over a minute in the opening run.
They'll go in reverse order in the second run, so Walker and Wilson are eighth up.
#Rain & mist for the #bobsleigh 2nd runs @ 4.20pm GMT as @paulawalkerGB & @BexGBbobsleigh chase a top 10 place. Jo http://t.co/YrkLy1eJkC— @bbcweather 18 February 2014
So, as far as Walker and Wilson are concerned, it's as you were at the end of the first run. They went down 12th and they remain in 12th. 2nd run to follow from 4.30pm (British time).
The north Americans dominating the women's two-man at the moment, with United States 1 and 2 first and third, sandwiching Canada 1 in second. Walker and Wilson stay 12th with three sleds to go in this first run.
Former GB bobsledder Colin Bryce says: ""When you look back at what happened during the week, the training did not go very well at all for Paula Walker and Rebekah Wilson so 12th place for the junior world champions it is not too bad. If they clean up the little mistakes, they should be fine."
Canada 2 and Australia 1 are down and they can go no quicker than Walker and Wilson, who retain their 12th spot
Top eight is likely to be Walker's big target, a result that would help her retain her future Lottery funding. At this point she's 0.43 seconds off that.
A quick pat on the back for Wilson from Walker and they're off. A big slide out of turn five. It's 58.36 - not far out of the top 10 so plenty to build on there. The British duo lie 12th at the moment.
The Russians won the men's two-man and now its the ladies' turn. They go into eighth. We're all set for Paula Walker.............
Belgium 1 take fourth place of their near-neighbours with a 57.92. The first Russia sled up next and then it's Paula's time.
@TeamGB bobsleigh is on ice box getting ready for @paulawalkerGB @BexGBbobsleigh @GBBobsleigh to race #lookingFast http://t.co/NcffIdsU04— @skeletonamy 18 February 2014
Good run from the Dutch and they leap into fourth with 57.94. Virtually half a second separates third from fourth at the moment but then there is less than half a second between the next five sleds.
The eighth-starting Switzerland 1 break up the Canada, USA, Germany monopoly on sleds coming down and go into seventh above USA 3. Netherlands 1 is next and then just three more sleds until Paula Walker and Rebekah Wilson make their Sochi 2014 bow.
Having met GB team @walterrose1847 sponsor day, v excited to be watching women's bobsleigh live. Best luck @paulawalkerGB @BexGBbobsleigh!— @andrewspinal 18 February 2014
Feel the rhythm, Feel the rhyme, Let's go Team GB, It's bobsleigh time! Good luck @BexGBbobsleigh & @paulawalkerGB!— @BBCTwo 18 February 2014
@paulawalkerGB @BexGBbobsleigh rooting for you both, good luck #Sochi2014— @Stabwest 18 February 2014
The Germany 3 sled is slower again, 0.91 seconds off the lead. It's fair to say the German coaching staff are tearing their hair out.
@TeamGB @BexGBbobsleigh @paulawalkerGB good luck ladies cx leave everything on the track— @ChemmySki 18 February 2014
Exciting to see @BexGBbobsleigh and @paulawalkerGB representing @TeamGB in the #Bobsleigh this afternoon in run one #Sochi2014 #GoTeamGB— @YSDirect 18 February 2014
Ther Germans obviously have a problem with that section of the course, as their Germany 2 sled replicates their teammates' slide and are a further 0.04 seconds behind their countrymen.
Germany 1 are the fourth sled down, but they suffer a big slide towards the end of the course and their coaches' head-shaking says it all. A big 0.69 seconds down.
United States 2 are down, but they're 0.19 seconds behind their compatriots.
United States 1 up next, featuring Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams and it's a great record start and they're down in 57.26 to immediately take the lead.
That was a pretty clean run from the Canadian duo - in fact it's better than that. It's 57.39 - a new track record.
That certainly sets the standard.
Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse were up near the top of the times in practice, so expect them to be in the reckoning
We're almost ready for the off. A reminder that Walker and Wilson are off 12th, with Canada 1 leading us off shortly.
Almost time for @BexGBbobsleigh and @paulawalkerGB in the women's bobsleigh...#GoGirl (s)!!— @wsff_uk 18 February 2014
In under 30mins, @paulawalkerGB & @BexGBbobsleigh will be going down the Sanki Sliding Centre in Heat 1 of the women's Bobsleigh #GoTeamGB— @uk_sport 18 February 2014
Not long until @paulawalkerGB & @BexGBbobsleigh start their race. Good luck!!!— @Chris_G_ 18 February 2014
Get behind our girls @paulawalkerGB @BexGBbobsleigh racing today!! 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧 #sochi2014— @GBBobsleigh 18 February 2014
@paulawalkerGB @BexGBbobsleigh taking their 1st and 2nd runs at 15:10 - show em how it's done Ladies and let's hear some cheers from the UK— @bigantvideo 18 February 2014
@paulawalkerGB Good luck Paula!!— @DBQ74 18 February 2014
Good luck @paulawalkerGB #longdistancesupport— @c_b1979 18 February 2014
Come on then guys let's all support @paulawalkerGB and @BexGBbobsleigh in the 2man bobsleigh that kicks off in just under 1hr— @team_deen 18 February 2014
Canada 1, featuring Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse are the number one-ranked sled and they'll get us under way at 3.15pm (British time).
Walker was 11th on her debut in the Vancouver Games four years ago and there were trials and tribulations before the identity of her brakewoman was know.
Kelly Denyer and former world champion Gillian Cooke were among those trailed before Wilson, 22, who also used to live in Trowbridge, was given the nod.
Bex has got great trust in me and to know she’s the best physically in our team and has the faith in me to keep her safe, really puts me in a positive frame of mind. I don’t think I have to prove myself to her, I know she’s got my back no matter what happens and I’m chuffed to have her on my team. “It would have been nice to be settled, but I also wanted to know who was going to be the best for my team and that’s why we tried out so many different combinations. Gillian is a fantastic athlete and was with me for two years and it was always going to be hard to get her out of that seat. I wanted to make sure that Bex was absolutely the best person and we gave everyone a fair opportunity because it’s the Olympics and everyone deserved a shot to prove themselves.Paula Walker
We get into the meat of the action from 3.15pm but Paula has been giving her verdict after training runs at the weekend and has admitted the Sochi track has given her the occasional headache.
“If I’m honest the track has not clicked with me yet and I’m hoping that six practice runs will be enough to get the feeling I need for it,” said Walker, pictured right.
“I was at the test event here last year, but I really struggled. I’m working hard to tell myself everything will be okay because normally I’m a fast learner.
“Vancouver was a very hard track, but I quickly mastered it. I need to find the inner vibe you need to get accustomed to a track.
“We’ve got a target of top eight, but on this track it’s going to be tough. My last runs here were a bit of a wild ride but until I’ve done my practice runs I’ve no realistic placement for myself.”
RT @BritishArmy: Good luck to Corporal Paula Walker who competes in Women's Two-Man Bobsleigh at 15.15 today #Sochi2014 @paulawalkerGB http…— @patc9 18 February 2014
Good afternoon and welcome to our coverage of the Olympic women's two-man bobsleigh event as Trowbridge pilot Paula Walker carries Great Britain's hopes.
The Army corporal, who lives with Great Britain men's number one John Jackson in Paxcroft Mead, is partnered by Rebekah Wilson as the event gets under way at the Sanki Sliding Centre.
Jackson pilots the Great Britain men in the four-man event this weekend
The first of two heats today start at 3.15pm (British time) with Walker, 27, and Wilson the 12th starters. Heats three and four take place tomorrow afternoon.
We'll bring you live updates from the event today and tomorrow, plus reaction from the Sanki Sliding Centre.
In the meantime, give your support to Paula underneath the live blog below or tweet us @WTSport.