NAGANO, Japan (AP) _ The clock told the sad story, and Brian Shimer hung his head, an also-ran again.

Four years after he became the only man in Olympic history to get disqualified from a bobsled race because of sled runners that were warmer than the rules allow, Shimer came oh-so-close to that elusive bobsled medal.

He finished fourth Saturday in USA 1, just two-hundredths of a second behind France and Britain, who tied for the bronze.

Christoph Langen easily won gold in Germany 2. Langen, who sat out last year with a torn Achilles' tendon, dominated the competition from the start Friday and finished the three heats in 2 minutes, 39.41 seconds.

Marcel Rohner won silver in Switzerland 1 in 2:40.01. Sean Olsson in Britain 1 and Bruno Mingeon each finished in 2:40.06.

Shimer was attempting to break the 42-year Olympic medal drought for the United States in a sport it once dominated. It hasn't won an Olympic bobsled medal since Arthur Tyler captured the four-man bronze at Cortina, Italy in 1956.

Friday's second run was canceled because of a steady rain and temperatures in the mid-30s. That transformed the race into a three-heat contest, and it turned into another disappointment for Shimer, of Naples, Fla., who was competing in his fourth Olympics.