After U.S. bobsled pilot Steven Holcomb and teammate Steven Langton captured bronze in two-man bobsled -- becoming the first Americans to do so in 62 years -- they would have been hard pressed to repeat the feat.
But on Sunday, February 23 at the Sanki Sliding Center he, Langton and teammates Curt Tomascevicz and Chris Fogt did just that, winning a bronze medal in four-man bobsled to go with the bronze the Americans won in two-man earlier this week.
"I'm very happy," Holcomb said in his post-race press conference. "We came here to win a medal. It was a tough race, and it wasn't easy. Coming away with a bronze medal, we're pretty satisfied."
The two-and-four man medals the Americans won were firsts since 1962 -- and Holcomb is now the first American pilot to win three Olympic medals.
"It's mind blowing," Holcomb said. "It's meant to be I guess."
Holcomb and the USA-1 sled he piloted was third going into the final two runs.
Though he and his teammates shaved nearly a hundredth of a second off of his start time -- which led to a better finish as the race went on -- Russia and Latvia amassed leads of almost 34 hundredths of a second.
In bobsled terminology that amount of time can be difficult to overcome going into the second day of competition.
But the Americans continued shaving off time in the third run, setting up a final run on which Holcomb and his counterparts needed to make up just 28 hundredths of a second.
Holcomb and his crew came up just shy of that mark, finishing just 12 hundredths of a second behind the gold medalist Russians -- and 10 hundredths behind Latvia -- which won its first medal ever, a silver.
"These guys made it a really competitive race," Holcomb said. "We felt a lot of pressure to perform here since we were the reigning champions. Everyone expected us to win, and it's not easy. These guys are tough. People were almost counting our medal, saying, 'well, Holcomb is coming up so we have a medal there,' and I was like, 'whoa, let me get through training first.' We fought until the very end and I feel great leaving Sochi with two medals.
With the bronze, Holcomb leaves Sochi with two bronze medals to his credit -- adding to the gold he won in Vancouver in four-man.