by Ralph Routon
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.