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U.S. bobsled medal hopes slim after first two runs

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during 4-man Bobsleigh Heats on day fifteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Olympic Sliding Centre on February 24, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.

Quinn Rooney

German pilot Francesco Friedrich can make history. After tying for gold in the two-man bobsled, he could become just the sixth pilot to win gold in both the two- and four-man competition in the same Games -- and his first two runs in the four-man put him in position to do exactly that. Friedrich’s German sled is in first place after Day 1 of competition, leading by a massive 0.29 seconds with two runs remaining.

The team that could keep Friedrich from history is a Korean squad hoping to make some of its own. Yunjong Won piloted his Korean sled to second place after Runs 1 and 2, putting his sled in position to win the country’s first medal in bobsled. Yun Sung-Bin won Korea’s first medal in skeleton in front of a raucous home crowd, and the fans are back in full force at the sliding center for the four-man bobsled.

Codie Bascue led the top American sled in ninth place, 0.53 out of medal contention. Nick Cunningham’s sled is in 20th and Justin Olsen’s sled is in 21st for Team USA.

The competition will conclude with Runs 3 and 4 on Saturday, starting at 7:30 p.m. ET. You can watch the live stream here.
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