In 2010, Holcomb won gold at Vancouver. He followed that up with both four-man and two-man World Championships in 2012, with Steve Langton pushing him to victory. After Napier retired, Langton joined Holcomb on USA 1.
If he can win the two-man event at Sochi, Holcomb will be the first American to take gold since 1936. America is sending six pilots (drivers) and nine push athletes on the men’s and women’s teams.
“This is the deepest field of push athletes we’ve ever had,” said US Bobsled and Skeleton Federation CEO Darrin Steele said when announcing the team. “We knew heading into the season that the Olympic selection was going to be extremely difficult. It’s a good problem to have, but it meant that some outstanding athletes would not make the Olympic Team.”
Younger brother also going
Langton’s younger brother Chris, also a former St. John’s Prep athlete, ran track and captained the lacrosse team for the Eagles before going on to play lacrosse at Cornell. He was named as one of two alternates for the men’s team. The alternates will travel and train with the team, subbing for athletes during training runs and are eligible to step in if illness or injury occurs.
It is quite an honor for the push athlete, who was named to the national team for the 2012-13 season shortly after taking up the sport. He caught the bug while still in college after watching his brother compete’ he and pilot Cory Butner placed fourth, just .01 seconds from getting a medal. (Pilots are the bobsled drivers).
“Chris gave me the pushes we needed. I am so proud of him,” said Butner at a press conference after the event.
“Chris got into (bobsled) because of Steve,” said Anne Langton, their mother. “When we went to the Olympics in Vancouver (in 2010), Chris was at Cornell watching the Games on television with friends. He knew what that whole experience meant to Steven. Between junior and senior year he did an internship with a lawyer from Lake Placid and trained with his brother. After graduating in 2012, Chris moved into the training center and made the team in his first year, which is very unusual.”