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WINTER OLYMPICS LIVE: Women's bobsleigh, day one

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  • 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)

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Paula Walker (right) and Rebekah Wilson start their second run at Sanki Sliding Centre today

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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.

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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

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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.

5:02pm

United States 1, Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams, lead after day one.

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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.

4:56pm

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.

4:49pm

Walker and Wilson are sixth at the moment, with the best-placed crews after run one still to come. Russia 1 lead.

4:42pm

Switzerland 1 take over at the head of affairs, 0.21 seconds faster than the Americans

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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.

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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.

4:36pm

Plenty of cheers as the Brits prepare for the off.......

4:33pm

Okay, here we go, Walker and Wilson prepare to start their second run.....

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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.

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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.

4:03pm

They'll go in reverse order in the second run, so Walker and Wilson are eighth up.

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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).

3:50pm

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.

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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."

3:45pm

Canada 2 and Australia 1 are down and they can go no quicker than Walker and Wilson, who retain their 12th spot

3:43pm

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.

3:41pm

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.

3:38pm

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.............

3:37pm

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.

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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.

3:34pm

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.

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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.

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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.

3:24pm

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.

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United States 2 are down, but they're 0.19 seconds behind their compatriots.

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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.

3:17pm

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.

3:16pm

Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse were up near the top of the times in practice, so expect them to be in the reckoning

3:15pm

We're almost ready for the off. A reminder that Walker and Wilson are off 12th, with Canada 1 leading us off shortly.

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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).

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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.

Swindon Advertiser: Paula Walker (seated) with brakewoman Rebekah Wilson in Sochi last week

 

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

2:15pm

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.

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“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.”

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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.

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