US wins first Olympic bobsled medal in over 60 years

By Brady Kirkland,

Steven Holcomb and Steven Langton claimed the two-man bobsledding bronze today, giving the United States its first medal in the event since 1952.

NBC Sports reported that the American pair found themselves in third place going into the last runs of the final. In their final run, Holcomb and Langton edged out the sled from Canada by only .09 of a second. The American team took the bronze medal, behind Russia with the gold and Switzerland with the silver.

After the race, Holcomb expressed his relief for finally bringing a bobsled medal back to the U.S. The last American pair to earn a medal in the event were Stanley Benham and Patrick Martin at the Games in Oslo.

“Man, thank God. There was a lot of pressure on me there,” Holcomb said.

According to the Washington Times, Russia’s gold medal was a landslide win. Alexander Zubkov and Alexey Voevoda finished their run a full .66 seconds faster than the Switzerland team.

image: NBC

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