By Elliott Almond San Jose Mercury News
SOCHI, Russia — Bobsledder Steven Holcomb of Park City, Utah, held off Russia-2 on Sunday to win his second bronze medal of the Sochi Games.
After breaking a 62-year American medal drought in the two-man sled, Holcomb finished third at the Sanki Sliding Center in the four-man competition. He and crew Curt Tomasevicz of Shelby, Neb., Steve Langton of Melrose, Mass., and Chris Fogt of Alpine, Utah, finished .03 of a second ahead of Russian driver Alexander Kasjanov.
Alexander Zubov swept the bobsled competition after winning the four-man Sunday, .09 of a second ahead of silver medalist Latvia.
Holcomb became the first American bobsled pilot to win three Olympic medals.
“When we came out of corner 15 I could see the board and saw green, so I knew we were ahead,” Holcomb said. “I thought, ‘don’t mess up, don’t mess up.’ But I didn’t see the clock when we crossed the finish line, so it wasn’t until we were at the finish dock that I knew we had it.”
Nick Cunningham of Monterey, Calif., piloted USA-2 to a 12th-place finish.
“We knew coming in with our draw that we were going to be behind the eight ball, but that’s racing,” Cunningham said. “There’s nothing left in the tank, you can tell we’re pretty exhausted. I did the best I could, but it just didn’t work out for us.”
Zubov gave Russia its 33rd medal, 13th gold. Both are tops for the Sochi Games. The United States finished second in the overall medal count with 28 medallions, including nine gold.
“We came back to win, but the Russians are fast,” said Holcomb, who won the four-man gold medal in Vancouver. “I made too many mistakes and my injury kind of held me back, but I’m happy to walk away with a medal.”
Holcomb suffered a calf muscle strain during the two-man competition a week ago.
Zubov didn’t immediately celebrate his victory.
“ I don’t have any emotions right now, honestly,” he told reporters. “I used them all up in the race.”