Fourth-place position has U.S. bobsled upbeat at midway point
WHISTLER, British Columbia -- It's not the way top U.S. driver
"A medal?" Holcomb said rhetorically when asked how much a podium finish would mean. "It would be huge. We haven't won a two-man medal since ... I don't even know how long."
One of the world's best drivers and pilot of the top four-man team in the world this season, Holcomb fought back after a mistake in his first run had left him in sixth. Drivers had been saying in training that the ice at the entrance to several curves was built up too much from the wall, making it difficult to get properly positioned on some curves. The track crew began shaving back some of the ice before the competition started, but Holcomb said it was tough to take his first run on a course that had just changed.
In his first run Holcomb had trouble on the exit of curve 11, which put him late onto the entrance wall of curve 12, a hard left, and in bad position heading into 13, which Holcomb and his teammates famously named the "50/50" curve last year -- they wrote "Curve 50/50", a reference to the perceived odds of making it through without crashing -- on a ripped-open brown bag from order-in sushi.
Holcomb nearly joined the wrong 50 percent on Saturday as his sled began to tip on the inside of curve 13, a slight right, but he was able to keep it right-side up. "I almost lost it there," Holcomb said afterward, adding, "This track is challenging. Everybody's going to make a mistake on it, so hopefully I just got mine out of the way."
In addition to the three crashes, a number of other sleds nearly lost it. Australian pilot
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