Driver, Steven Holcomb and brakeman, Steve Langton, gave the US some great news to wake up to this past Tuesday morning! Winning bronze, by just .03 of seconds over Russia, they broke the USA’s 62-year Olympic medal drought in the two-man bobseld event. Yet, this win meant more to Holcomb than just a historic accomplishment. Holocomb, two-time Olympic medalist, has overcome multiple injuries and set backs throughout his Olympic career. In the 2010 Vancouver Olympics he won gold in the four-man bobsled event, which ended another US medal drought since 1948. “I would never have gotten into a sled with me, looking back,” said Holocomb talking about his vision throughout his career as an Olympic bobsledder. Though that certainly didn’t stop Holocomb’s breakman, Langton, or their chances for winning a medal!
Six years ago Holocomb’s bobsledding career was rescued by a rarely performed procedure that restored his vision. The procedure was named after Holcomb and is now known as the “Holocomb C3-R.” Despite his preexisting condition, Monday Holocomb had to overcome a different physical obstacle, a strained calf muscle. Despite his injury, with more modern and respectable bobselding technology, in addition to Langton and Holocomb’s shear determination to win, they were able to reach the podium.
Holocomb and Langton navigated the 17 turns and three uphill stretches of Sochi’s Sanki Sliding Center in just 56.57 seconds. Representing their country and putting an end to the USA’s 62 year medal drought while battling injuries and health conditions, Steven Holocomb and Steve Langton definitely Fit the Mark!
The Fitmark Team