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Steven Langton, double Sochi bobsled medalist, unretires

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Steven Langton, one of four Americans to earn multiple medals at the Sochi Olympics, is coming out of retirement to try to make the Olympic bobsled team for a third time.

“Three years ago in Sochi, I accomplished the first dream I can ever remember having,” was posted on Langton’s social media on Wednesday. “Over the past few weeks I’ve realized that I still have one more Olympics left in me.”

Langton, 33, took bronze in the two-man and four-man in Sochi, pushing for Steven Holcomb, and announced his retirement in November 2015. The Sochi Winter Games were his last competition.

The bobsled season is near its end, meaning Langton won’t jump back into a competition sled until the fall.

He will instantly become the veteran of the push athlete roster. None of the U.S. push athletes in World Cup competition this season have Olympic experience.

Langton’s friend and Your Daly Nitro partner, skeleton athlete John Daly, also ended his retirement this season.

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Steven Holcomb & Co. earn 4-man bronze for U.S.; Russia wins one more gold

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The U.S. women got two bobsled medals at the Sochi Olympics, and today, the U.S. men followed suit.

After taking bronze for the first two-man medal for the U.S. since 1952, driver Steven Holcomb and his “Night Train 2” teammates – Steven Langton, Chris Fogt, and Curt Tomasevicz – brought home another bronze in the four-man this morning.

With that, Holcomb and his two-man partner Langton have not only become the lone Americans to win multiple individual medals in Sochi, but also the first two U.S. bobsledders to medal twice in a single Winter Games since 1952 (Stanley Benham/Patrick Martin).

Meryl Davis and Charlie White are the other Americans with multiple medals in Sochi thanks to their individual gold in ice dancing and a bronze in the team figure skating competition.

The four-man bronze also cements the U.S. sliders as the most decorated of the Sochi Games with seven medals.

While the American bobsled, skeleton and luge competitors did not earn any golds, they got two silvers (Elana Meyers/Lauryn Williams – women’s bobsled; Noelle Pikus-Pace – skeleton) and five bronzes (Holcomb/Langton – two-man; Holcomb/Langton/Fogt/Tomasevicz – four-man; Jamie Greubel/Aja Evans – women’s bobsled; Matt Antoine – skeleton; Erin Hamlin – luge).

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Up front, the Russians added one more gold medal as Alexander Zubkov became the sixth bobsled driver in Olympic history to win the two-man and four-man at a single Winter Olympics and the first since Germany’s Andre Lange pulled it off at Torino in 2006.

With that, Russia earned its 13th gold in Sochi and capped its final overall medal count at 33.

Zubkov and his RUS-1 team won out by .09 of a second over the Latvians, who claimed their first-ever Olympic medal in bobsled with Oskars Melbardis at the controls.

MEN’S BOBSLED – FOUR-MAN FINAL STANDINGS
(Aggregate time across four runs)
1. RUS-1 (Zubkov/Voyevoda/Trunenkov/Negodaylo), 3:40.60

2. LAT-1 (Melbardis/Vilkaste/Dreiskens/Strenga), 3:40.69
3. USA-1 (Holcomb/Langton/Fogt/Tomasevicz), 3:40.99

12. USA-2 (Cunningham/Quinn/Olsen/Robinson), 3:42.70

U.S. fourth after first day of four-man bobsled, but not far behind

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The defending Olympic four-man bobsled champions from Team USA sit fourth after the first day of four-man bobsled but are well within striking distance.

That said, they’ll have to overcome three strong teams from Russia, Germany and Latvia in order to claim a second consecutive gold medal in the discipline.

Steven Holcomb and his “Night Train 2 ” teammates – Steven Langton, Chris Fogt, and Curt Tomasievicz – are currently a mere .17 of a second behind the leaders from Russia.

The Russians, with two-man gold medalist Alexander Zubkov as the driver, hold a lead of four one-hundredths of a second over the Latvians and driver Oskars Melbardis. Germany’s top sled, driven by Maximilian Arndt, sits third at .16 behind.

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Holcomb and his teammates were third-fastest in Run 1 with a time of 54.89, but lost some speed in Run 2, which went by in 55.47 seconds. The Latvians were able to move from fifth all the way to second, jumping USA-1, GER-1 and GER-3.

The race was marred by an incident involving the Canadians’ third sled, which had its left runner go off the ice heading into a left-hand turn and cause the sled to slam into the banking and flip on its side.

CAN-3 wound up sliding past the start/finish line before coming to a stop. Luckily, all four of its racers – Justin Kripps, Cody Sorensen, Jesse Lumsden, and Ben Coakwell – were able to climb out and walk off the track.

Because they crossed the stripe, their second run officially was marked down in the standings as a 59.91-second run. It was on pace to become the fastest time of the heat before the crash.