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Springfield College's Erin Pac Sits in Silver-Medal Position Heading Into the Second Day of Olympic Women's Bobsledding Competition

Eric Pac Vancouver, British Columbia -- February 23, 2010 -- Springfield College graduate Erin Pac '03has placed herself in silver-medal winning position in women's bobsledding after Day One of competition at the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games.

Pac, who hails from Farmington, Conn.,finds herself in second place, just 13 one-hundredths of a second behind Canada Iafter the first two heats of the competition. A total of 21 sleds from countries all over the world, participated, including three sleds from the USA. Currently ranked sixth in the world, Pac "drives" USA Bobsled II, and teams with brakeman Elena Meyers in this two-person sled.

The second and final day of competition (two more heats) will be held at the Whistler's Sliding Centre just north of Vancouver, B.C. on Wednesday evening. The combined time of the four heats will produce the final results.

After Day 1, Canada I, which includes Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse,combined two heatsfor a total time of 1:46.20. USA II, with Pac and Meyers, was in second, just 0.13 hundredths behind. In third was Germany II at 1:46.60, or 0.40 behind Canada I or 0.27 behind USA II.

After the first heat, USA II was tied for second with Germany II 0.09 behind Canada I. As you can see, this competition will be determined by only a few hundredths of a second.

The order and times of the remainderof the top 10 through two heats is as follows: 4) Canada II at 1:46.62 (0.42 behind Canada I); 5) Germany I at 1:46.64; tied for 6) USA III and USA I at1:47.09; 8) Germany III at 1:47.22; 9) Netherlands I at 1:47.40; 10) Great Britain I at 1:47.58 (or 1.38 seconds behind Canada I).

Pac is a former track star for Springfield College Women's Track & Field Head Coach Jim Pennington. Pac finished 10th in the heptathlon at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships in 2002. These Olympic Games are Pac's first. She just missed competing for the USA in the 2006 Winter Olympic Games.

Photo credit: United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation

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