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Steven Holcomb, Steve Langton make American history in bobsled

Posted by Staff  February 17, 2014 11:59 AM

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US bobsled pilot Steven Holcomb made American history in 2010 with his four-man sled winning the country’s first four-man gold medal in 62 years, and he and brakeman Steve Langton were looking to make more history in the two-man bobsled final on Monday at the Winter Olympics.

Holcomb and Langton, who is a native of Melrose, completed their quest with a strong showing in the two-man, winning the bronze medal with a total time of 3:46.27. The US had not won a medal in two-man bobsledding since 1952.

469933453.jpgTheir final time was just .03 seconds ahead of fourth place Russians Alexander Kasjanov and Maxim Belugin.

Russia’s Alexander Zubkov and Alexey Voevoda, who led after the first day of two-man, took gold with a total combined time of 3:45.39. Switzerland’s Beat Hefti and Alex Baumann, who were in second after day one, won silver after totaling 3:46.05.

Holcomb and Langton finished the first day of two-man in third place with a total time of 1:53.18, .36 behind Zubkov and Voevoda for first place and .04 behind Hefti and Baumann for second.

Fellow Americans Cory Butner and Chris Fogt, who were in third place after the first run, fell to ninth after the second run and finished the event in 12th with a total time of 3:47.19. The third American team of Nick Cunningham and Dallas Robinson finished the two-man in with a total time of 3:47.69, good for 13th.

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