Hey, Colorado Springs, perhaps it's time to become known a bobsled mecca. You have to wonder about the possibilities after the USA 1 sled piloted by Steven Holcomb of Colorado Springs and the Olympic Training Center has taken the lead after the two runs of four-man bobsled Friday afternoon at Whistler Sliding Center.
Holcomb, whose team also includes Curt Tomasevicz of Colorado Springs, drove the top U.S. sled to a track-record time of 50.89 seconds, taking the lead over Canada 1 and three German entries, all within three-10ths of a second of USA 1 after the first of four runs. Then USA 1 came back to out-do itself with a 50.86 run in the second heat, upping their lead to .40 of a second over the Canadians with the Germans slightly further back.
The other two U.S. teams are 12th and 17th, with the final two runs on Saturday, starting at 2 p.m. Mountain time.
"We're right where we want to be," Holcomb said, adding that the difference Friday was that "we figured out some stuff about the bottom of the track."
No U.S. team has won four-man bobsled gold since 1948.
Another Springs-based pair of bobsledders, Bree Schaaf and Emily Azevedo, placed an impressive fifth earlier in women's bobsled.