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US bobsled repaired, fastest in training

– After getting some spare parts, Elana Meyers’ USA-1 bobsled was good as new Sunday morning.

The proof was in the results.

Meyers posted the fastest time in one of the two final women’s bobsled training runs at the Sochi Olympics, one day after she saw pieces of her sled “everywhere” after a head-on collision with the wall past the finish line. Team mechanics, she said, worked until 11:30 p.m. Saturday to fix the damage, including replacing some parts with ones from a sled that had been on display in Sochi at USA House.

“We were skidding around the braking stretch and I think my runner caught on something and we just skid right into the short wall. Black pieces everywhere,” Meyers said Sunday. “It was a head-on collision. It was one of the hardest hits I’ve ever taken in a bobsled. Luckily, we have some amazing mechanics. They were able to get my sled ready to go.”

And with that, the U.S. women look ready for the Olympics.

U.S. sleds had the fastest times in both heats Sunday, with Meyers and Lauryn Williams taking the first one, followed by Jamie Greubel and Aja Evans in fourth, and Jazmine Fenlator and Lolo Jones in 10th. In the second heat, Greubel’s sled was fastest, Meyers’ was fifth and Fenlator’s was eighth.

Skier airlifted to Germany

Skicross racer Maria Komissarova was airlifted to Germany for further treatment after surgery on her fractured spine, the Russian freestyle ski federation.

The 23-year-old Komissarova crashed during a training run Saturday, fracturing the 12th dorsal vertebrae in her lower-middle back, and underwent emergency surgery lasting 6 1/2 hours.

The federation declined to discuss the skier’s prognosis.

Costas to return to anchor desk today

NBC’s Bob Costas plans to make his return to NBC on today after being off the air for a week with an eye infection.

“Today” host Matt Lauer will subbed one last time on NBC’s Sunday night telecast, and NBC said that Costas is preparing for his return in prime-time today.