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U.S. in position to earn first two-man bobsled medal since ’52

Sochi Olympics Bobsleigh Men

during the men’s two-man bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Michael Sohn

Only two runs separate Steven Holcomb and Steven Langton from ending a long U.S. bobsled drought in a second consecutive Winter Olympics.

Four years ago, the Americans won their first four-man gold since 1948 with Holcomb at the controls. But they’ve been unable to get a medal of any kind in two-man since 1952, when Stanley Martin and Patrick Benham won the silver in Oslo.

Holcomb and Langton, in USA-1, are currently in the bronze medal position after the first day of two-man competition in Sochi, sitting +.36 of a second behind the leaders in Russia’s No. 1 sled (Aleksandr Zubkov/Alexei Voyevoda).

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USA-1 was second-quickest behind RUS-1 in the first run. But in the second run, the Swiss’ top sled (Beat Hefti/Alex Baumann) jumped from fourth to second overall, going ahead of Holcomb and Langton into the silver position by a mere four one-hundredths of a second.

Cory Butner and Christopher Fogt were running third after the first run in USA-2, but struggled on their second run and fell all the way to 11th overall.

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