by Ralph Routon
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.”