With one more perfect run down sliding's most difficult track, Steve Holcomb drove USA-1 to the Olympic gold medal in four-man bobsledding on Saturday, ending a 62-year drought for the Americans in the event.
Looking lean and mean, USA-1, the matte-black bobsled like no other, made its first two training runs of the Vancouver Olympics on Tuesday down Whistler Sliding Center's feverishly fast track, slightly simplified after officials shaved away ice from its toughest turns.
Swiss driver Daniel Schmid has withdrawn from the Olympic two-man and four-man bobsled competitions "for safety reasons" after two practice crashes. His brakeman Juerg Egger, was injured and taken from the Whistler Sliding Center track in an ambulance, then transported by helicopter to Vancouver for observation. Swiss team doctor Christian Schlegel said the 28-year-old was not seriously injured.
U.S. officials announced Thursday that Nick Cunningham will push Mike Kohn's USA-3 sled in this weekend's Olympic two-man bobsled competition. Two-man competition starts Saturday.
As the pilot for the USA-1 bobsled, I broke a 62-year gold medal drought when my sled, the 'Night Train" won the Olympic title at the 2010 Vancouver Games. A degenerative eye condition nearly caused me to quit my sport in 2008, but corrective surgery restored my vision to 20-20.