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No. 12 - Holcomb pilots the U.S. to the first bobsled gold in over half a century
Steven Holcomb piloted the American four-man bobsled team to the gold medal in Vancouver, marking the first time a U.S. team had won the event in 62 years.
Embedded video_content_type: Holcomb leads U.S. 'Night Train' to gold in Vancouver
Germany had dominated the four-man bobsled event in the previous Winter Games, winning the last four Olympic gold medals. But it was the American team led by pilot Steven Holcomb that entered Vancouver as the reigning world champions.
History was not on the side of the American foursome. Not since 1948 had the U.S. won an Olympic gold medal in four-man bobsled when Francis Tyler piloted the American sled to the title in St. Moritz.
After the first three runs, Holcomb had USA-1 -- better known as "Night Train" for its all black exterior -- well ahead of the field. The American team finished .38 seconds faster than Germany, piloted by two-time defending Olympic champion Andre Lange, to claim the Olympic title.
"This will take a while for it to sink in," Holcomb said. "You work so hard and when you finally get there it's like, 'Well, now what? I don't know what to do.' We've worked so hard and gone through so much in the last four years. To end on a high note like this is huge. It's overwhelming."