SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

Sports

February 24, 2014

Langton makes it two bronze on Olympics final day

(Continued)

Not long after getting the medal, someone handed Fogt a phone, and his wife was on the other end of the line. They chatted quietly for a few minutes, his eyes reddening.

On March 5, they find out if their looming baby will be a boy or girl. On May 5, he’s headed back to the Army. And he’s ready for both.

“It’s an exciting time,” Fogt said. “I’m about as happy as I can be.”

For the third time in four years and second in just a week, Holcomb snapped a 62-year drought inside the five rings. By finishing third in the four-man competition on Sunday and winning his second bronze medal of the Sochi Games, Holcomb became the first U.S. driver since Stanley Benham in 1952 — 62 years ago — to win two medals in the same games.

Holcomb won the first gold for the U.S. in four-man in since 1948 at the Vancouver Games four years ago, ending another 62-year barren run. Not long after having his second bronze placed around his neck, Holcomb was asked if he knew how long it had been since an American driver had snagged a pair of bobsled medals in the same games.

“Please say 62,” Holcomb said, flashing a smile. “It’s mind-blowing. It’s meant to be.”

So, it seems, was his third-place finish. Unable to catch Russia’s Alexander Zubkov, who became the first driver to win Olympic golds in two- and four-man for a host nation, Holcomb did just enough to hold off Russia-2 driver Alexander Kasjanov. It was the second time Holcomb had nipped Kasjanov on the Sanki Sliding Center track, both coming by 0.03 seconds.

“It was intense,” Holcomb said. “It came down to three-hundredths again, same guy. He hates me, I’m sure.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports

Sports Special
Sports podcasts
Northeast Sports
Comments Tracker
Facebook
Sports Special