MOORESVILLE, N.C. – It was only 13 months ago – March 2013 – that the Olympic medal-winning Night Train2® bobsled first saw ice. The four man sled that raced to a bronze medal in Sochi took its maiden voyage in Lake Placid, N.Y. with 2010 Vancouver gold medal driver Steve Holcomb at the helm of his crew.
With a basic sled setup and the sport’s best driver propelled by its most powerful push crew, the NT2 was close to the Lake Placid track record.
“That’s when we knew we were on to something,” said Geoff Bodine, the NASCAR legend and 1986 Daytona 500 winner who founded the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project, Inc. in 1992. Read More
Rzhanaya Polyana, Russia – Steve Holcomb knew it would not be easy, but the resilient American bobsled pilot put down two consistent runs Sunday down the 18-curve track to overtake third place Germany and claim a four man Olympic bronze medal in the mountains above Sochi.
It was the second bronze of the Sochi Games for Holcomb and Steve Langton, his two-man brakeman and four man push athlete. They are the only United States Olympians to leave Sochi with two medals in individual events.
Russian pilot Alexander Zubkov completed the gold medal sweep merely hours before the Sochi Closing Ceremony. He did so in the presence of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and with Latvia’s Oskars Melbardis in hot pursuit. Whose presence created more pressure for Zubkov is debatable, but the Russian’s final run was only sixth best as his advantage was dissolving. When the four heat total of 7,256 meters (about 4.5 miles) ended, Zubkov was .09 of a second clear of Melbardis. (Photo Courtesy of Charlie Booker) Read More
Rzhanaya Polyana, Russia – Defending four man Olympic champion Steve Holcomb, in fourth place after Saturday night’s two of four heats at the Sanki Sliding Center, has put himself in position to achieve his second medal at the Sochi Winter Games after scoring bronze in the two-man competition.
“I made more mistakes driving than I wanted,” said Holcomb in the Bo-Dyn built Night Train 2®. “We can go back and watch video and fix those mistakes for tomorrow,”
The Park City, Utah driver is just .01 of a second from third place Germany, and .17 from the leading Russians. Pilot Alexander Zubkov holds the overnight lead in his quest to sweep the gold medals on home ice. His two runs totaled 1 minute, 50.19 seconds.
Latvian driver Oskars Melbardis, the pre-Olympic World Cup winner here last February, used a brilliant second run to advance from fifth to second place, and closed the gap on Zubkov with a time of 1:50.23.
Despite dropping from third to fourth in the second leg, Holcomb likes his position considering who’s around him.
“Hopefully I’ll do what I do best and drive well tomorrow,” he stated. “To be competitive and put the hammer down, we need two great starts tomorrow. We’re only .17 out. We’re just focused and serious. We’re focused on winning another medal. We’re not upset. We’re .01 from third place.” Read More
Rzhanaya Polyana, Russia – The stage is now set at the Sanki Sliding Center for the final and ultimate event at this venue located about 35 miles from the Sochi hub of the Winter Games.
The four-man bobsled competition will open with two heats on Saturday night (8:30 PM local time / 11:30 AM EST) and the deciding two heats Sunday afternoon when these Games come to an end.
The United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation have thus far collected five medals in skeleton, women’s bobsled and two-man bobsled racing. Now Steve Holcomb will have the chance to defend his Vancouver Olympic title, and will do so in a new sled, Night Train 2®, unveiled this season by the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project, Inc.
“Having won in 2010 takes the pressure off,” said Holcomb. “We’ve been there, done that. Once you win a race you have the confidence that you know how to do it. Then it comes more natural. So we know how to do it and what it takes. We need to execute and we’ll be right on track.”
Holcomb won four World Cup races this winter with the Night Train 2®. His gold medal machine, the Night Train, also conceived by Geoff Bodine’s group prior to Vancouver, will be piloted by Nick Cunningham this weekend. Read More