U.S. bobsledders 'right where we want to be going into Sochi'
By Tim Hipps
U.S. Army Installation Management Command
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Former U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program bobsled driver Steven Holcomb (right) teams with Curtis Tomasevicz, Steven Langton and WCAP brakeman Capt. Christopher Fogt to win the four-man bobsled event at the International Bobsled & Skeleton Federation's 2013 World Cup stop Dec. 7 at Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah. Holcomb, the reigning Olympic four-man champion driver who spent seven years in the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program, is 4-0 this World Cup season with two-man and four-man victories at Calgary, Canada, and Park City. U.S. Army photo by Tim Hipps, IMCOM Public Affairs
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U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program bobsledder Capt. Chris Fogt of Alpine, Utah, will be the brakeman aboard USA-1 in the four-man bobsled event at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
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Sgt. Nick Cunningham of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program will drive the USA-2 bobsled in both the two-man and four-man events at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. U.S. Army photo by Tim Hipps, IMCOM G9 MWR Public Affairs
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U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program bobsledder Sgt. Dallas Robinson will compete for Team USA at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. He will be aboard USA-2 in the four-man event with WCAP teammates Sgt. Nick Cunningham, Sgt. Justin Olsen and civilian Johnny Quinn.
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Two-time Olympic competitor 1st Lt. Michael Kohn of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program will make his Olympic coaching debut for Team USA at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
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Olympic gold medalist Army Sgt. Justin Olsen, assigned to the Army World Class Athlete Program, has accomplished almost everything one man can in a bobsled, yet he yearns to earn back his spot aboard USA-1 for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games – and win more medals. He teamed with former WCAP driver Steven Holcomb, Curtis Tomasevicz and Steve Mesler to strike gold at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. He also helped Holcomb's four-man squad secure gold at the 2012 World Championships in Lake Placid, N.Y. Since then, injuries and lost recovery time have knocked Olsen out of Team USA's No. 1 sled. He is determined to work his way back.
Jan. 29, 2014 —
KOENIGSSEE, Germany (Jan. 27, 2014) -- Former U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program bobsled driver Steven Holcomb, along with WCAP brakeman Capt. Chris Fogt and civilians Curt Tomasevicz and Steve Langton, won the 2013-14 World Cup season finale in four-man bobsled Jan. 26.
The victory gave the "Night Train 2" team added confidence heading to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, scheduled for Feb. 7 through 23 in Sochi, Russia.
"The momentum we're building heading into the Olympics is incredible," said Holcomb, 33, of Park City, Utah. "My team has worked so hard and sled technician Jim Garde has been working day in and out making sure the sled does exactly what I need it to. We came out today and put it all together, and it feels great to end the season on this note."
The crew powered the sled off the starting block in 4.81 seconds for a first run time of 49.11 to lead the competition by 0.07 seconds. As soon as the green light gave USA-1 permission to start the second heat, the Team USA quartet burst off the block, and Holcomb maintained the lead to secure the gold medal.
Holcomb, Tomasevivz, Langton and Fogt were victorious by 0.09 seconds with a total time of 1 minute, 38.54 seconds. Beat Hefti, Alex Baumann, Juerg Egger and Thomas Amrhein claimed silver for Switzerland with a combined time of 1:38.63. Canadians Lyndon Rush, Lascelles Brown, David Bissett and Neville Wright posted a two-run total of 1:38.84 to secure bronze.
Fogt finished 10th in the two-man bobsled event at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, where his four-man sled, driven by WCAP Sgt. John Napier, crashed during their first run. At Sochi, Fogt will be the brakeman in the four-man USA-1 sled, driven by Holcomb.
"I try to apply the warrior ethos and mentality of never quitting or accepting defeat in my training and competitions," said Fogt, 30, of Alpine, Utah. "Being a Soldier-athlete helps keep me focused and working hard because I am representing more than just my team and myself. I'm representing the most powerful and respected organization in the world. I need to reflect that in the way I present myself, train, and perform."
Sochi-bound WCAP bobsled driver Sgt. Nick Cunningham teamed with WCAP Olympic gold medalist Sgt. Justin Olsen, civilians Johnny Quinn and Abe Morlu to finish 10th with a cumulative time of 1:39:21.
In Sochi, Cunningham will drive USA-2 with WCAP teammates Olsen, Sgt. Dallas Robinson and civilian Quinn aboard. Cunningham also will drive USA-2 in the two-man event.
"It's not just me I'm representing when I'm in the sled," said Cunningham, 28, of Monterey, Calif. "I have all U.S. Soldiers behind me as I slide down every track worldwide."
Holcomb, the defending Olympic four-man bobsled champion driver who spent seven years in the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program, finished the World Cup season ranked second in four-man with 1,514 points. German Maximilian Arndt claimed the title with 1,574 points, and his teammate Thomas Florschuetz was third with 1,400 points.
"It came down to the unfortunate crash we had in Winterberg," Holcomb said. "We would have won the overall four-man title if it hadn't been for that, and it goes to show that every race counts. Our goal was a top five overall finish, and we not only met that, but actually exceeded it. We're right where we want to be going into Sochi."
Holcomb is the combined two-man and four-man World Cup bobsled leader with 3,159 points. Hefti finished second with 2,716 points, and Florschuetz was third with 2,688 points.
Cunningham finished the World Cup season ranked 15th in four-man and 11th in combined points. Cory Butner finished 20th in four-man and 13th combined