CALGARY, Alberta — Steven Holcomb piloted USA-1 to a win in the opening World Cup four-man bobsled race of the season on Saturday, a perfect start to the Olympic season for the driver who guided the Americans to a gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
The team of Holcomb, Curt Tomasevicz, Steve Langton and Chris Fogt finished two runs on the Calgary track in 1 minute, 48.56 seconds. There was a two-way tie for second between Germany, piloted by Maximilian Arndt, and Russia, piloted by Alexander Zubkov. Both those sleds were 0.09 seconds off the pace set by USA-1.
"It's been a fantastic weekend," Holcomb said. "It's Olympic year, and this is when it counts. Walking away from the season opener with two gold medals feels really good."
It was Holcomb's first win in a four-man race since November 2010 in Whistler, the track where he won gold at the Vancouver Games nine months earlier.
USA-1 set the pace in the first heat with a start time of 5.04 seconds and a run of 54.08 seconds. The start — so critical in bobsled — was 5.01 seconds in the second heat, and that gave Holcomb more than enough momentum to finish off the win.
"We knew we didn't meet our potential in the first run and that we had to blow it out in the second run if we were going to keep our spot," Tomasevicz said.
In the women's pair, Olympic favorite Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse of Canada easily won on their home track, finishing in 1:52.77.
Elana Meyers and Aja Evans of the U.S. won the silver, 0.56 seconds back, ahead of compatriots Jamie Greubel and Katie Eberling, another 0.29 seconds off the pace.
The series resumes next weekend in Park City, Utah