In 2010, Eagle Scout Steven Holcomb won Team USA’s first medal in four-man bobsled in 62 years, driving the United States to gold.
Yesterday, he ended another 62-year American medal drought, this time in two-man bobsled. He and teammate Steve Langton won bronze in the event at the Sochi Games.
It looks like 62 is this Eagle Scout’s lucky number.
“If anybody else has a 62-year drought you need to break, let me know,” Holcomb (in Team USA hat above) told the New York Times. “I’ll try to help you.”
The good news is Holcomb’s best event — the four-man bobsled — is still to come, and this weekend he’ll have a fellow Eagle Scout helping push Team USA to another medal. As I mentioned last week, USA-1 pusher Chris Fogt is also an Eagle Scout, meaning half of the “Night Train” team are Eagles.
You can watch all four of Holcomb and Fogt’s USA-1 runs live online, provided you have a cable or satellite TV subscription. Runs 1 and 2 are Saturday, and Runs 3 and 4 are set for Sunday. The team with the best cumulative time after all four runs gets the gold. Find schedules and viewing info below.
Holcomb, who was working through a calf injury during the two-man races, told the New York Times that he’s ready for four-man.
“It’ll be a challenge,” Holcomb told the paper. “But I have two more dudes that are ready to jump in and help me on the push.”
Let’s hope those dudes bring home a gold medal for Team USA — and for Scouting.
Eagle Scouts Steven Holcomb and Chris Fogt will be joined by Curt Tomasevicz and Steve Langton on the USA-1 “Night Train” team. The Americans will be looking to repeat as gold medalists after winning in 2010.
- Heat 1: Saturday, Feb. 22, 11:30 a.m. EST
- Heat 2: Saturday, Feb. 22, 12:50 p.m. EST
- Heat 3: Sunday, Feb. 23, 4:30 a.m. EST
- Heat 4: Sunday, Feb. 23, 5:50 a.m. EST
Note: Bobsled times are cumulative, meaning the team with the lowest time after all four races wins.
Online: All races will be streamed live online at NBCOlympics.com. You’ll need to authenticate your cable/satellite subscription to watch, so cord-cutters are unfortunately excluded. And if you plan to see who wins gold live on Feb. 23, better set your alarm.
TV: It doesn’t appear NBC plans to air the heats live, but it looks like they will show the runs on tape-delay. The Feb. 22 runs will be shown during prime time, while the Feb. 23 runs will air during NBC’s daytime block, beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern.