Only two runs separate Steven Holcomb and Steven Langton from ending a long U.S. bobsled drought in a second consecutive Winter Olympics.
Four years ago, the Americans won their first four-man gold since 1948 with Holcomb at the controls. But they’ve been unable to get a medal of any kind in two-man since 1952, when Stanley Martin and Patrick Benham won the silver in Oslo.
Holcomb and Langton, in USA-1, are currently in the bronze medal position after the first day of two-man competition in Sochi, sitting +.36 of a second behind the leaders in Russia’s No. 1 sled (Aleksandr Zubkov/Alexei Voyevoda).
USA-1 was second-quickest behind RUS-1 in the first run. But in the second run, the Swiss’ top sled (Beat Hefti/Alex Baumann) jumped from fourth to second overall, going ahead of Holcomb and Langton into the silver position by a mere four one-hundredths of a second.
Cory Butner and Christopher Fogt were running third after the first run in USA-2, but struggled on their second run and fell all the way to 11th overall.