Winter Games Athletes
Holcomb became the face of American bobsledding when he piloted the 4-man "Night Train" team to the top of the podium in 2010 - the United States' first Olympic gold medal in the event since 1948. Now recognized as one of the world's top bobsled drivers, Holcomb is the leader of both the two and four-man American teams. He will be back to defend his four-man title in Sochi with returning team member Curt Tomasevicz while Steve Langton and Chris Fogt replace Justin Olsen and the retired Steve Mesler. Holcomb will also pilot one of the United States' three sleds entered in the two-man event. He further established himself as gold medal favorite by winning his second World Cup overall two-man title on Jan. 25. Holcomb, who ended up winning five of the eight races on the two-man circuit this season, teamed with Langton to break the track record in a World Cup win Jan. 19. That was Holcomb’s fifth two-man victory this season, and his third with Langton as his brakeman. Holcomb took silver in the four-man race the following day. After starting his winter sports career in alpine skiing, Holcomb turned his attention to bobsledding in the late 1990s. He left the military with an honorary discharge in 2006 and began to compete on the World Cup circuit. As he steadily rose through the ranks of American drivers, Holcomb was diagnosed with a degenerative eye condition called keratoconus. He underwent a revolutionary surgical procedure in 2008 and went on a record string of victories on the World Cup circuit. That included the four-man titles in 2009 and '12, the two-man in 2012 and the mixed team-event in 2012 and '13. He made his Olympic debut in 2006, finishing 14th in the two-man and seventh in the four-man. He was sixth in the two-man with Tomasevicz in Vancouver before unseating Germany's defending two-time Olympic champion Andre Lange in the four-man. Holcomb is attempting to become the first American four-man driver to win back-to-back Olympic golds since William Fiske in 1928 and '32.