SOCHI, Russia — They skidded, scrapped and careened from the history books into a scrunched heap at the end of cold track.
Americans Lauryn Williams and Elana Meyers stayed squeezed in their bobsled, stunned, while Canadian gold medalists Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse danced to the stands to hug their families.
"Hopefully America will forgive me," Meyers said.
Williams and Meyers huddled against a fence before the ensuing flower ceremony, mourning.
"Any time you're that close and you can taste it, and you don't come down with the result, it hurts a little bit," Meyers said.
The U.S. team blew a seemingly certain gold medal Wednesday at the Sanki Sliding Center when its final run of four was its worst and allowed the Canadians to win by one-tenth of a second.
"It was hard to watch," said U.S. teammate Aja Evans, who got the bronze with Jamie Greubel.
Evans and Williams entered the day after Tuesday's first two runs solidly in first place. They had the Olympics' best female pusher on the back of the sled, Williams, a 2012 Olympic track gold medalist who took up the sport seven months ago. They had a driver, Meyers, who had gotten bronze four years ago.
"I made some mistakes and (they) cost us," Meyers said.
Williams was trying to become the first woman, and second athlete overall, to win gold in the Winter and Summer Olympics. She accepted compliments for becoming the fifth person to win medals in both Games.
"As long as somebody wrote in the record books that she did well, that's enough for me," she said.
This is the first time the United States has won multiple medals in women's bobsled.
Americans Jazmine Fenlator and Lolo Jones, a two-time track Olympian, were 11th.