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February 22, 2014

Jean DePlacido column: Langton revels in bronze medal triumph with family

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“They loved the sport. Chris only ran in the winter for us because he played lacrosse, but both Sean and Steven competed in two seasons all four years. That family has set the most records here.

Carey recalls when Steve Langton graduated from Northeastern, he came back to the Prep with a baseball glove on.

“He’d heard some team was looking for players and intended to give it a try even though he hadn’t played baseball since the eighth grade,” said Carey. “Then he hit upon bobsled and the 20 to 30 meters he pushes requires both speed and strength. He was 6-2, 185 pounds as a senior at St. John’s, but now goes 225 pounds and is so powerful. He’s the perfect candidate for the sport.”

The USA bobsledders spent the last several months in Europe competing in World Cup events, but the Langton brothers were able to get home for a few days at Christmas.

“Steven, Sean and Chris all came and lifted with the team over Christmas vacation,” said Carey. “It was a great experience for the kids getting to know them. “Steven was hurt in his first Olympics, and for a while was undecided whether to give it up and go to law school or keep training. He went through it all to become an Olympic champion, and when the time came was poised and ready to do everything he could to help his team win medals.

“The Langtons are a wonderful family and were always so supportive of our team. They are among the top kids I ever worked with (in his 38 years at St. John’s).”

Anne Langton said her sons and their former coach have remained close, and the support from the Prep community means a lot.

“Ray Carey is a tough coach and he works his teams hard,” said Mrs. Langton. “Steven has always been self-motivated and he loved track right from the start. Ray has been wonderful to all my sons; they have a special bond.”

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