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Steven Holcomb Pilots U.S. To First Two-Man Bobsled Medal Since 1952

Holcomb and Steven Langton win bronze, breaking a 62-year drought for the Americans in the event.

Pilot Steven Holcomb (front) and Steven Langton of the U.S. finish the final run of the men’s two-man bobsled competition. Fabrizio Bensch / Reuters

Steven Holcomb made history again and ended another 62-year drought for the U.S. bobsled team.

Holcomb teamed with Steven Langton to clinch the bronze medal in two-man bobsledding at the Sochi Games on Monday, giving the U.S. its first two-man medal since 1952. Holcomb and Langton finished behind Aleksandr Zubkov and Alexey Voevoda of Russia and the Swiss team of Beat Hefti and brakeman Alex Baumann.

It was actually the second time that Holcomb was part of a team that closed a 62-year gap for the U.S.: He was driver of the gold medal-winning American four-man team in the Vancouver Games.

“What Holcomb has done is unbelievable for the sport,” USA-3 pilot Nick Cunningham told NBC. “He’s put USA Bobsled on the international map.”

Holcomb is now the sixth American to win at least two medals in bobsledding. He has a shot at a third medal in the four-man event this weekend, which would place him in a tie with Pat Martin for the most ever.

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