Winter Olympics: Irish show improvement
Ireland showed signs of improvement during the first two heats of the Women's Bobsleigh in Vancouver as Aoife Hoey and Claire Bergin finished the first two runs in 20th place.
With the final two heats due to be completed in the early hours of this morning, Ireland found themselves 3.33 seconds behind leaders Canada, but just two hundredths of a second behind recent rivals Australia.
Irish driver Hoey admitted afterwards that she had struggled to get a good start on the opening run which left Ireland 1.85 seconds behind leaders Canada 1 and in last position.
However, they recovered on the second run as they recorded the 17th fastest time of 54.49 which saw them make up ground on those in the bottom five and leap-frog Russia 2, who now prop up the table.
American Julia Mancuso's hopes of retaining her Olympic giant slalom title were wrecked by team-mate Lindsey Vonn crashing just before her first run. Mancuso, who had hoped to add to the two Alpine silvers she has already won at the Games, had to abort her run because of the crash and return to the top to start again. She could only clock the 18th best time, 1.30secs off the pace set by Austrian Elisabeth Goergl.