KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Steve Holcomb came to these Sochi Games hoping for two gold medals. He leaves with a pair of bronzes and zero complaints.
The USA-1 bobsled finished the four-man event with a total time of 3:40.99, which was 0.39 seconds behind the first-place Russian sled and 0.30 seconds behind second-place Latvian sled.
The bronze marked the 28th medal of the Sochi Olympics for the United States. Only Russia, with 33 medals, had more. The Russia-1 sled took gold in the four-man, giving the host nation 13 golds, more than any other country.
Holcomb and his crew, which included Chris Fogt, Curt Tomasevicz and Steve Langton, entered the event’s final heat in third place, 0.45 seconds behind the Russia-1 sled and just 0.15 ahead of the fourth-place Russia-2 sled. Holcomb, who took gold in the same event in Vancouver, piloted the sled down the track in 55.33 seconds in the final heat.
The Americans finished just 0.03 seconds ahead of the fourth-place Russia-2 sled, and Holcomb and Langton became the first U.S. bobsledders in 62 years to win Olympic medals in the two-man and four-man races at the same Winter Games.
Holcomb and Langton won the two-man event last Monday and are the lone Americans to leave Sochi with multiple medals.
Russian pilot Alexander Zubkov had an enviable home-ice advantage at these Sochi Games, and it paid off. Zubkov won gold in both two-man and four-man events. He became just the sixth driver to win gold in both events at a single Olympics.
The USA-2 sled, piloted by Nick Cunningham, finished the competition in 12th place. The crew posted a time of 55.64 seconds in its final heat for a total time of 3:42.70, 2.10 seconds behind the winning Russian sled.