I love bobsled. I mean I really really really love bobsled. So, naturally, I damn near cried when I was dropped off at the bobsled start in the morning and the first team up is this crew. I am the biggest baby when it comes to the "Night Train", the magnificent black sled that carried the United States to its first Olympic Gold in 62 years in 4 Man Bobsled in Vancouver in 2010. It first came to the US team with a bit of primer on it. They took it out for a spin and soon discovered that this unmarked beast was beating the sled the team was using for the World Cup during 2009. They decided to take it with them, marveling at its uncanny speed, tinkering and tweaking, and, having no time to paint it, they slapped a bumper sticker on it that said "The Night Train". Yes, seriously. It all started with a sticker. And when it won for them, the name stuck. There was no way anyone was going to mess with the mojo.
See, before this...the United States hadn't been taken seriously in bobsled for quite some time. And it was beginning to be theorized that maybe the reason they weren't winning was because they were buying their sleds from their competitors. So Geoff Bodine (yes, the NASCAR driver), decided to start the Bo-Dyne project...to help the United States team engineer the fastest sled in the world.
The bobsleigh pictured above is the second generation Night Train going out for its very first competitive 4man run during the first heat of the Veissmann FIBT Bob & Skeleton World Cup in Park City last weekend. At the front of the sleigh is pilot, Steve Holcomb, the famous driver of the original Night Train and winner of Olympic gold, pusher Curtis Tomasevicz (also of the original Gold winning crew), and two new pushers in Steven Langton and Chris Fogt (who both competed in Vancouver in USA2 - or the USA second crew, which crashed during the games.)
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