Monday, February 17, 2014

Steven Holcomb Shatters 62 Year Drought for U.S. in Two-Man Olympic Bobsled!

(Photo Courtesy of Charlie Booker)
USA 1 driver Steven Holcomb, left, and Steven Langton celebrate their 
bronze medal win  at the 2014 Winter Olympics

The last time the United States won a medal in the two-man Olympic bobsled competition was in 1952 at Oslo, Switzerland during U.S. President Harry Truman's administration. On Monday, USA Olympic men's bobsled driver Steven Holcomb and brakeman Steven Langton ended that 62-year drought by winning the bronze medal at the Sanki Sliding Center in Sochi, Russia.  
In a dramatic finish, Alexander Zubkov and Alexey Voevoda of Russia won the gold medal with a combined time of three minutes and 45.39 seconds. Beat Hefti and Alex Baumann of Switzerland won the silver medal with a time of 3:46.05, just 0.66 seconds off the gold-medal pace set by the Russia-1 sled. 

Holcomb and brakeman Steven Langton held off Alexander Kasjanov piloting the Russia 2 sled by .03 seconds to earn the bronze medal with a time of 3:46.27. 

(Photo Courtesy of Charlie Booker)
 Handling pressure and enduring adversity is nothing new to Holcomb. During the second of four heats, he strained his left calf muscle during the start, fighting off considerable pain as he bolted into the sled. "When you're sitting in third place, you can deal with a lot more pain than you think you can," he said. Team physicians worked intensively on Holcomb's calf muscle to prevent spasms. While the injury may have cast doubt among some over his ability to continue, Holcomb was determined not to withdraw from competition. "I knew when his name was called, he'd be ready to go," brakeman Steven Langton said.
During the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Holcomb led his four man bobsled team to shatter another 62 year drought for the United States by earning the gold medal. "To go away having broken those two droughts is a good feeling. To know we're going to go down in the record books," he said. "Hopefully it's not another 62 years." With the women's bobsled team competing on Tuesday and Wednesday, Holcomb will resume leading the four-man competition Saturday for the quest for gold.



Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I haven't had a chance to watch any of the Olympics. It sounds interesting!

Michael Manning said...

Hi Lisa: The broadcast is presented on a different schedule than Vancouver, with some tape delays. But I hope you have an opportunity to catch up. All the events are great!

Sandy Carlson said...

I have not followed the Olympics, but I am very grateful to you for putting it into perspective. Good on these guys!

Michael Manning said...

Sandy: The 4-man Men's Bobsled event will be held Saturday and Sunday. Our Team USA is defending the gold medal they earned in 2010, when they broke yet another 62 year drought! :)

Margie said...

Bravo to this team on the Bronze medal.
I have watched some of the Olympics and enjoyed it.

Many thanks for the kind words, Michael and the prayers are greatly appreciated.
This time next week, I will know something and I am hoping 'all is well.

Michael Manning said...

Margie: Glad you were able to see this amazing moment in the Olympics. A wonderful outcome. Wishing you a very positive report ahead too.