Steve Langton got a taste of what it means to be a United States Olympian four years ago.
This time around, the former St. John’s Prep track star is a member of the No. 1 US four-man bobsled team that is one of the favorites to medal in Sochi, Russia.
The Winter Olympics begin this Friday and Langton will take part in both two-man bobsled Feb. 16-17 (a four-heat format) and the four-man bobsled (Feb. 22-23).
“I feel honored and blessed to have been named to my second Team. I will make my country proud,” Steve Langton tweeted.
In the final event of the regular season two weekends ago in Koenigssee, Germany, Langton and his three teammates (piloted by Steve Holcomb and including Curt Tomasevicz and Chris Fogt) team won gold. Holcomb’s team started the World Cup season on a winning note and wrapped it up in the final race with another gold (there were other top finishes in between).
Holcomb won the two-man title and finished second in the overall four-man competition with 1,514 points behind Germany. The team might have claimed the top spot if not for a bad crash at Winterberg. Holcomb is also the combined two and four man leader this season with 3,159 points.
“A victory in Konigssee and an overall World Cup title,” Langton tweeted. “We ended the season the way we started it and are poised and ready (for Sochi).”
A Melrose native, Langton had an outstanding track career at St. John’s Prep and Northeastern University. After graduating he started bobsled training at age 23.
He will most likely also push for Holcomb in the two-man event. Four years ago Napier and Langton finished 10th in the two-man. Langton was named Rookie of the Year in 2008 and won his first US national push title the following year.