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US four-man bobsled team works to defend 2010 gold

Published On: Feb 23 2014 02:56:11 AM AKST
Updated On: Feb 23 2014 12:23:53 PM AKST
4-man bobsled

REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

Steven Holcomb and his "Night Train" sled worked to defend their 2010 Olympic championship in the four-man bobsled race Sunday in Sochi. They came up short and finished third, winning the bronze medal .39 seconds behind a team from the Russian Federation.

Holcomb piloted his team of Curt Tomasevicz, Steve Langton and Chris Fogt to bronze in the race. A team from the Russian Federation took gold and a team from Latvia took silver.

When Holcomb, a Park City, Utah, native, won his gold in Vancouver, he ended a 62-year gold medal drought for Americans in the event. Tomasevicz was on that 2010 team while Langton and Fogt are riding with Holcomb at the Olympics for the first time after failing to medal with pilot John Napier in 2010.

Holcomb and his team have become known for their high-tech sled, dubbed the "Night Train" because of its unvarnished black exterior. They brought a new $250,000 version, known as the "Night Train 2," along with the original sled to Sochi.

The second team from the United States finished 12th.