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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Jenkins to donate land for Olympic museum

Posted By on Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 11:14 AM

A big crowd showed up for the City for Champions meeting on Tuesday. - PAM ZUBECK
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  • A big crowd showed up for the City for Champions meeting on Tuesday.

The headline from last night's meeting for City for Champions, which drew more than 200 people at the Library 21c on Chapel Hills Drive, is that the Jenkins family will donate land for the Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame project.

The museum is one of four projects in the combine into the $250-million tourism venture that also includes a sports medicine center at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, a new visitors center at the Air Force Academy and a $92-million sports and events stadium that will sit next to the Olympic museum downtown.

Dick Celeste, the former governor of Ohio and Colorado College president who's heading up the Olympic project, told attendees, including this reporter, that the Jenkins family, owner of Nor'wood Development Group, the biggest developer in the Pikes Peak Region, will donate the land.

It's long been speculated that the Jenkins' land would figure prominently into C4C, which is being partially funded with tax increment financing obtained from state sales tax revenue. But Celeste's comment last night confirmed it.

Here's what the museum's website says about the land question: "At this time we are not able to disclose the details as we do not yet have a donation of land. As soon as the land is secured we will issue a press release of the donation agreement and detail it on our website as well."

Celeste said the land borders Sierra Madre Street and lies south of Vermijo Avenue. Here's a parcel owned by CSJ No. 7 LLC, which is a Jenkins entity, as depicted on an El Paso County Assessor's Office map here. The 3.55-acre parcel has a market value of $1.1 million, the Assessor's Office says.


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Then, there's this configuration of land that is owned by SRPC LLC, also an entity held by the Jenkins family, that also could be at play in the donation. This 4.77-acre tract is worth $517,000, according to the assessor.

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The Jenkins family also owns other parcels in the vicinity as well.

Celeste says a portion of Sierra Madre might have to be closed to enable the project. Asked when the donation will be announced, he wouldn't say, noting that details are being worked, including "estate planning."

We've put in a call to Nor'wood to find out more but haven't heard back. We'll update if and when we hear something.

Meantime, the city still hasn't gotten a resolution or contract, approved by the state Economic Development Commission, but that could happen in September. The Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority could begin receiving state tax money as soon as next year if state sales tax revenue increases in a regional tourism zone that covers most of the city as compared to a baseline established in December 2013 when C4C was approved by the EDC.

As a footnote, Rebecca Tonn, a C4C advocate, wanted us to be aware that the logo for C4C has been changed. The old one is to the left, and the new one is on the right, below. Notice the difference: The black belt-like graphic element and the trophy are missing from the new one.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

USOC drops new logos on an unexpecting populace

Posted By on Mon, Nov 19, 2012 at 12:34 PM

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Bam!

Right here, today's debut of a rebranded national team, that's the look of American freedom as brought to you by the fastest, toughest, most accomplished athletes in the world.*

The new logos are** dramatically different from some of the old logos (like the one for the Olympic Team, which also used to be circular, but is now highlighted in red). Can you handle it? THAT JUST HAPPENED.

So, here's a release with what the people were thinking:

The United States Olympic Committee today unveiled a redesign of its popular five-ring logo that will be used in various marketing and sponsor materials moving forward. This rebranding effort was conducted to enhance the USOC brand and continue to build consistent brand architecture for all USOC assets, a process that began in April 2010 with an overhaul of all USOC marks.

"Since the launch of our revamped brand platform two years ago, we've seen continued growth and loyalty to the USOC brand," said USOC Chief Marketing Officer Lisa Baird. "This redesign of our five-ring logo continues to build our framework for a consistent look and feel for all USOC assets as well as our desire to work collaboratively with the IOC. Additionally, since the American flag is the most recognized symbol of our country, putting it at the center of our marks signifies the importance of identifying with the history, spirit and symbolism of our country."

Both the U.S. Olympic Team and sponsor marks now feature the United States flag and the Olympic Rings in the designated IOC colors, as well as a Paralympic version with agitos.* The new mark will primarily be used in TOP and domestic sponsor initiatives and various USOC marketing, fundraising and digital media programs.

The U.S. Olympic Team and U.S. Paralympic Team marks will continue to be used on apparel for U.S. Olympic and Paralympic podium wear, Opening and Closing Ceremony apparel and uniforms worn on the field of play. Additionally, the Team USA mark will be utilized as a secondary mark for Team USA on USOC apparel.

When tested by consumers this summer, all three of the below U.S. Olympic marks achieved 89 percent awareness among major sporting brands, and 88 percent of tested consumers associated the new flag five-ring mark with the Olympic Games and U.S. Olympic Team. Also, consumers strongly identified the marks to stand for patriotism, inspiration, leadership and dedication. This consumer research was conducted by SRI International.

All of the USOC marks will remain consistent throughout quadrennial cycles, eliminating the need for frequent redesigns. In addition, the consistent application of these logos will continue to enhance the USOC's brand with clarity, meaning and purpose for years to come.

*Except for sports we're not that good in.

** (not)

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

The Key to the London Olympics

Posted By on Sat, Jun 16, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Eighteen local artists, including three teenagers, will bring Colorado Springs to the London Olympics this summer. Each of them, as well as artists from Europe, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, the Pacific nations and Kona, Hawaii, constructed two matching acrylic pieces. When assembled, all of the pieces form two different sizes of the same image: a 6-by-24 foot mini setup and a 18-by-72 foot master setup of the Key of David, a prototype of which is pictured below.

This Key of David image will be made into two different sizes.
  • This Key of David image will be made into two different sizes.

“They are all from churches anywhere from Woodland Park, Colorado Springs, Monument, Black Forest, we’re from all over,” says Paulette Triplett, team leader and owner of Hidden Artist Workshop, of the participants. “And many different churches are represented.”

The release states that the collaborative art project, headed by New Zealander Bryan Pollard, is “a creative, demonstrative, spectacular, united expression of our corporate faith as artists based upon Old and New Testament revelation from God of the promise of the Key of David—Isaiah 22:22 and Revelation 3:7-8.”

If you don’t have a Bible handy for reference, the verses offer a “simple” message about the Key: “It opens doors no one can close and closes doors no one can open.”

You’ll have two opportunities this weekend to see the assembled setups before they travel across the pond. They’ll be on display today during a meet-the-artists reception at The Springs Church, 1515 Auto Mall Loop, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will also be in the foyer this Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

From July 20 to 25, the master setup will be shown at Go4Glory International Arts and Sports Festival in Harpenden, England. It will then be moved to Methodist Central Hall Westminster for the duration of the Olympics, and the mini setup will be at St. Margaret’s Church in Westminster Abbey. Triplett described the locations as “central” to the city of London.

You can see more prototypes of the setups here.

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Springs snubbed by Denver's potential Olympic bid

Posted By on Mon, Dec 19, 2011 at 4:36 PM

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No respect, no respect!! What Fort Worth is to Dallas, what St. Paul is to Minneapolis, what Paris, Texas is to Paris, France — that’s what Colorado Springs is to Denver.

Further evidence of our regional insignificance came today, when the names of the 22-member Denver Olympic Exploratory Committee were released. The group, charged with “evaluating whether the Olympic Winter Games are a good fit for Denver and Colorado,” is composed of “community and civic leaders representing broad interests from across Colorado,” or so says co-chair Don Elliman, Executive Director of the Charles C. Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine & Stem Cell Biology at the University of Colorado Medical School — and a certified Denver power player.

Other members include a former mayor of Breckenridge, the Board Chair of the Poudre Valley Health System, the Chairman of the Vail Valley Foundation, assorted Denver attorneys, Denver businesspeople, Denver politicians, and, representing Colorado Springs (drum roll) … no one!

That’s not just dismaying, but inexplicable. Colorado Springs is the center of the Olympic movement in the United States. Thousands of Olympic aspirants have trained at the Olympic Training Center, national governing bodies for significant Olympic sports such as swimming, figure skating, and hockey are located here, as is (duh!) the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Given that the USOC is charged with determining whether to make a bid for the 2022 Winter Games and selecting a candidate city, no present employee of the organization could serve without conflict on the Denver committee.

But past officers/employees would be eligible. And that leads to the obvious question: Where’s Bill Hybl?

Hybl, the chairman and CEO of El Pomar Foundation, is also president emeritus of the USOC, having served as president during four Olympic Games. He’s also the chair and CEO of the U.S. Olympic Foundation.

It’s impossible to envision a successful Denver bid without Hybl in the mix. It’s equally impossible to imagine such a bid without the expertise of other Olympic veterans currently resident in Colorado Springs.

It’s notable that not a single member of the committee, other than recent Olympian Jeremy Bloom, has any real Olympic expertise. All they know is what they’ve read, heard, or picked up at cocktail parties. How will they determine whether Denver has the venues, the money, the transportation network, and the skill sets to host the games?

So what’s going on? It may be that this exploratory committee is merely a preliminary group, soon to be replaced by a bid committee. It may be that Hybl is quietly directing the whole effort behind the scenes. But, as Occam’s Razor teaches us, the simplest explanation is also the most likely to be accurate.

The organizers of the committee, including Gov. John Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, probably meant no disrespect to Colorado Springs If asked, they’d probably use Steve Martin’s immortal line.

"We just forgot!"

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Indy Minute

Posted By on Wed, Jun 22, 2011 at 4:42 PM

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You can get a sneak peek at Sunday's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, nab a Backstage Pass to the Olympic Training Center, or imbibe local beer and whiskey at a special tasting event. Jack Ward from the Colorado Springs Independent gives you a preview of the weekend's attractions in the Indy Minute.

Tune into the Indy Minute — as seen on ABC affiliate KRDO News Channel 13 — each week for details on all the events that entertain and bring our community together. It's simulcast on KRDO News Radio 105.5 FM and 1240 AM.


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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Indy Minute

Posted By on Wed, Feb 9, 2011 at 3:00 PM

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A pantheon of U.S. champions and Olympic medalists come out for RISE, a one-night-only movie event; Saturday Night Live alum Kevin Nealon drops in to tell a joke or two; and AXIS Dance Company expands perceptions of the human body, all in this week's Indy Minute.

Tune into the Indy Minute — as seen on ABC affiliate KRDO News Channel 13 — each week for details on all the events that entertain and bring our community together. It's simulcast on KRDO News Radio 105.5 FM and 1240 AM.


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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Indy Minute

Posted By on Thu, Dec 2, 2010 at 1:59 PM

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This week features the annual Festival of Lights parade in downtown Colorado Springs, The Judds in concert at the World Arena, and the Trails and Open Space Coalition Wine & Chocolate tasting.

Tune into the Indy Minute — as seen on ABC affiliate KRDO News Channel 13 — each week for details on all the events that entertain and bring our community together. It's simulcast on KRDO News Radio 105.5 FM and 1240 AM.


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Thursday, August 5, 2010

It's that time again ...

Posted By on Thu, Aug 5, 2010 at 7:00 AM

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Voting starts today in the 2010 Best Of Colorado Springs readers' poll. And just for telling us what you like in food, nightlife, media and more, you get a chance to win an Apple iPad.

The earlier you vote, the more chances you have to win; we'll be drawing a voter's name each week. For more, watch the video below.

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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Perfect ending to the Winter Olympics

Posted By on Sun, Feb 28, 2010 at 4:49 PM

No matter what they said, no matter what you saw, it can't fully describe what took place Sunday afternoon inside Canada Hockey Place.

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Without doubt, millions of Canadians will insist decades from now that they were inside the arena on the day Canada superstar Sidney Crosby scored the winning goal at 7:40 of overtime to give his country the men's hockey gold medal at the end of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

That's OK. Canada deserves to feel proud. But so does Team USA.

Even if you were watching, you had to be here to appreciate just how incredibly raucous the crowd of nearly 20,000 truly was. Let's just say that I've been covering sports events for more than 40 years, and I can't remember an atmosphere better than this was.

Never. Anywhere. It was that extraordinary.

At so many other Olympic events, including the women's hockey final, there were enough Americans in the stands to make a lot of noise. But on this day, Canadians filled at least 90 percent of the seats, and it was as knowledgeable of a hockey crowd as you will ever see. The only concession to the "visitors" from Team USA would be the arena's huge foghorn marking every goal, not just Canada's.

But then, after Canada took a 2-0 lead in the second period, you had to wonder if this game, after so much anticipation and buildup, would turn into a blowout instead.

It didn't, because Team USA hadn't been outclassed in falling behind. And despite never trailing before in this Olympic tournament, the Americans handled this adversity with remarkable composure in the back half of the game. No goonery or luck, just skills and perseverance.

They finally won their first battle, beating Canada goalie Roberto Luongo, and it was 2-1 after two periods. Then, inside the final half-minute of regulation, U.S. forward Zach Parise outdueled the Canadians and Luongo to make it 2-2.

Overtime. Sudden death for the gold. Canada was in shock, and Americans started thinking about another miracle, just like 1980 and 1960. The frenzy grew louder and louder as the intermission ended, with the spectators exhorted by the familiar music of "The Final Countdown."

It was as if they didn't want this game to ever end. So the teams came back and traded their best shots and checks, shift after shift — until Crosby's winning goal.

The eruption of absolute, total ecstasy was barely fathomable. But in the end, there was no gloating, on or off the ice. The players lined up for the traditional handshake line, and many of the opponents hugged each other in obvious respect. They knew they had just played in the best game of their lives.

Then came the medal ceremony, and the loudest and lustiest "O Canada" you will ever hear.

Meanwhile, on the streets of Vancouver, hundreds of thousands began a celebration that surely will rival any Super Bowl or World Series, anywhere.

And why not? Canadians have the last gold medal, in the sport that they call their own. They also have a game, and a moment, that will live on in Olympic lore for generations to come.

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Olympic alternate Bradley gets consolation prize

Posted By on Sun, Feb 28, 2010 at 3:01 PM

Ryan Bradley, the Colorado Springs figure skater who just missed out on the U.S. men's team for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver despite landing two quadruple jumps at the recent U.S. championships, has earned a belated consolation prize.

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Bradley, who had to continue training as the top men's alternate for the Olympics, has just learned he will be able to join the U.S. team for the 2010 World Figure Skating Championships next month in Torino, Italy.

The spot opened up because Olympic men's champion Evan Lysacek announced he is withdrawing from the Worlds. Lysacek also is the defending world champion.

In a statement released by the U.S. Figure Skating Association, Lysacek said his decision did not mean he's retiring from competitive skating.

“I’m not afraid to lose,” Lysacek said. “Regardless of medals, I still have so much to thrive on in the sport. I’m not ready to say goodbye.”

Bradley, a 26-year-old student at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, had indicated to his longtime coach Tom Zakrajsek that he might be retiring. But that might depend now on how well he fares at Worlds.

Zakrajsek confirms by e-mail that Bradley definitely will compete next month at Torino. This will be his second Worlds, having also gone in 2007 after finishing second at Nationals. Zakrajsek also coaches U.S. ladies champion and Olympian Rachael Flatt, who will be going to her third Worlds.

Also withdrawing from the Torino event were ice dancers Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto, the former U.S. champions who won the Olympic silver medal in 2006 but were fourth at Vancouver.

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The stars are out at Olympic hockey

Posted By on Sun, Feb 28, 2010 at 2:14 PM

So the long-awaited Olympic men's hockey game between Canada and the United States is about to start, but nobody around me is looking at the ice. They're staring up to my right, a few rows higher. So I look to see who would be worth all that much attention — and it was hard to tell.

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That's because several of Canada's most famous people are sitting only about 30 feet away in the 20,000-seat Canada Hockey Place.

And I couldn't tell if the people around me were most interested in Canada's prime minister, Stephen Harper wearing a red Canada hockey sweater, or perhaps hockey icon Wayne Gretzky, sitting beside Harper.

Actually, the spectators must have seen enough of Harper and Gretzky around the Winter Games. Because they appeared to be much more concerned with seeing actor Donald Sutherland in the flesh. Sutherland, sitting by himself a row in front of the prime minister and the world's most revered hockey player, looked far more interested in the hockey game than anyone around him.

And when Canada scored to take a 1-0 lead in the first period, nobody was applauding more than Sutherland, who was one of the well-known Canadians (others included singer Anne Murray and former hockey star Bobby Orr who carried the Olympic flag into the opening ceremonies back on Feb. 12.

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Excitement building fast for Olympic hockey finale

Posted By on Sun, Feb 28, 2010 at 12:34 PM

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Even before the puck drops, Canadians are calling this "the greatest hockey game of all time." Or, for those with broader perspective, "the biggest sports event in Canada's history."

Regardless, you get the idea of what the men's hockey final at the end of the 2010 Winter Olympics truly means to this host nation. And with an hour still remaining until face-off at 12:15 p.m. Pacific time, the atmosphere already is building inside Canada Hockey Place for the Canada-USA battle for the final gold medal of the Vancouver Games.

The organizers also are taking nothing for granted, with thorough security checks for every spectator and member of the media. All of us with media credentials also had to have a special extra ticket to get inside the door, and police came on every bus to check for proper passes before allowing the buses through to the arena.

As intense and deafening as the crowd is sure to be, and as determined as the Canadians are to end the Olympics on the right note and avenge that hockey loss a week ago to the Americans, it's hard to imagine Team USA pulling off its third men's hockey gold — despite the fact this is the 50th anniversary of winning the first, in 1960 at Squaw Valley, Calif. The other gold, of course, was the Miracle on Ice at Lake Placid, N.Y., in 1980.

That means the U.S. never has won the men's hockey gold medal outside America. We'll see if that's still the case in a few more hours.

Downtown Vancouver also is jammed with tens of thousands on the streets, many heading early to the closing ceremony at B.C. Place (next door to Canada Hockey Place). Early arriving spectators for the closing event will be able to watch the men's hockey on the stadium's huge video screens.

And by the way, no U.S. skiers are in medal contention nearing the end of the final snow event today, the 50-kilometer men's cross-country mass start.

So the United States, with its gold or silver in men's hockey this afternoon, will finish for certain with 37 medals, the most by any nation in Winter Games history.

And if the hockey game is half as great as the anticipation, it'll be unforgettable.

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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Bobsledders react to gold medal

Posted By on Sat, Feb 27, 2010 at 7:22 PM

Steven Holcomb, driver of the Team 1 four-man bobsled that won the Olympic gold medal, talked about the suspense between passing the finish line and learning the outcome:

“The braking stretch is only about three or four seconds, but it feels like a minute," Holcomb said. "You can’t see the clock. You have to make sure the guy’s getting the brakes for one, ‘cause if you go ripping by off the top, that wouldn’t be cool. But it takes a second.

"When you hear everybody screaming and yelling it’s hard to hear if they’re cheering for you or because you got beat by Germany. As soon as I saw my team was holding up the No. 1, it was a huge moment.”

As for the feeling of winning the Olympics, he said, "It’s just like last week [during the two-man race] walking through the media zone, but it’s a little different talking about gold medals. It’ll take a little while to sink in.

"You work so hard to get somewhere and you finally get there and you’re kinda like ‘Now what? I don’t know what to do,’ but at the same time, these guys have been training so hard and working so hard for pretty much the last four years, to finally end on a high note like this is huge.”

Curt Tomasevicz, Holcomb's teammate who also lives in Colorado Springs, had this to say:

“The word that keeps coming up is, ‘It’s like a dream.’ It really hasn’t hit me yet and I hope it hits me when they put the medal on my neck.”

Despite USA 1's comfortable lead entering the final run, Tomasevicz said there was no complacency:

“With the sport of bobsledding there’s always that chance that something could go wrong. That’s why it’s a great sport. Until we cross that finish line, nothing’s really written in stone. It was a good feeling when we finally crossed the finish line.”

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Holcomb, Tomasevicz, USA 1 rule bobsled world

Posted By on Sat, Feb 27, 2010 at 4:52 PM

Not since 1948 had the United States reigned over the world of Olympic bobsled, but Saturday afternoon that 62-year drought came to an end. And two of those gold medals for 2010 are coming back to Colorado Springs.

Steven Holcomb drove the USA 1 "Night Train" sled down the Whistler Sliding Center course to the Olympic title with a safe final run of 51.52 seconds, giving him a total of 3:24.46 for the four heats, with Germany 1 getting the silver at 3:24.84, barely edging Canada 1 to the bronze at 3:24.85.

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On a day when other medal chances didn't materialize, the U.S. needed one more medal to guarantee 37 in all, the most by any nation at a Winter Olympics, topping Germany's 36 at the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City.

Americans came up just short in the long-track speedskating women's pursuit and the men's snowboarding parallel giant slalom. But the U.S. did take silver in the long track men's pursuit (which was guaranteed by being in the two-team final), led by veteran skater Chad Hedrick, and is also guaranteed at least silver in the men's hockey final Sunday against Canada.

That left bobsled at the last chance for the U.S. to make Olympic history here, and Holcomb with his team took care of that. Besides Curt Tomasevicz, also a Colorado Springs resident, the others on USA 1 were Steve Mesler and Justin Olsen.

They set track records with their first and second runs on Friday, then solidified their lead in the third heat earlier Saturday. That gave Holcomb a lead of 0.40 of a second, plenty of time in bobsled and enough that he didn't have to take big chances on the last run. All he had to do was avoid serious mistakes, and he did.

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Holcomb drives USA 1 closer to bobsled gold

Posted By on Sat, Feb 27, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Steven Holcomb and Curt Tomasevicz, resident athletes at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, are on the brink of bringing four-man bobsled gold back to the OTC after maintaining their lead through the next-to-last run Saturday afternoon at Whistler Sliding Center.

Holcomb drove the USA 1 "Night Train" black sled to a third-heat time of 51.19 seconds, slightly slower than the team's two runs Friday, but nobody else was that fast on a track that wasn't quite as quick as for the first two heats.

Canada 1 is second, 0.45 of a second behind USA 1, but as Canadian driver Lyndon Rush said, "That's a huge margin in our sport. Those guys are laying a whipping on the rest of us."

Germany 1, driven by three-time Olympic champion Andre Lang is third, 0.54 of a second off the lead, followed by Germany 2 and Canada 2.

The final heat of the four-man event starts at 3:40 p.m. Mountain time.

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