United States wins bronze in two-man bobsled by .03 seconds

The US gets its first medal in two-man bobsled since 1952. (USATSI)
The US gets its first medal in two-man bobsled since 1952. (USATSI)

The United States two-man bobsled, driven by Steven Holcomb and Steven Langton, won a bronze medal by .03 seconds to give the US its first medal in the two-man event since 1952.

USA's final run of 56.68 was good enough to earn third place, giving the US a total time of 3:46.27. Russia II finished with 3:46.30.

Though they didn't come away with gold, the Americans at least seemed satisfied with earning a medal that was 62 years in the making.

"Man, thank God," Holcomb said after the run, according to the Associated Press. "There was a lot of pressure on me there."

Ironically, Holcomb was on the four-man team in Vancouver that broke the US's 62-year gold medal drought.

"Overwhelming," he said. "I guess 62's our number."

Holcomb will have a chance for another medal this weekend in Sochi's four-man event.

But Monday belonged to the Russians, who won by a surprisingly convincing margin.

Led by 39-year-old Alexander Zubkov, Russia I posted the fastest total time at 3:45.39 to win gold. Zubkov, who came out of retirement for these Games, was pushed by former arm wrestling world champion and Sochi-native Alexey Voevoda.

Switzerland earned silver with a time of 3:46.05.

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