KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Utahns Steven Holcomb and Christopher Fogt will compete in two-man bobsled for the United States at the 2014 Winter Olympics — just not as a team.
Park City's Holcomb, who earned the overall two-man World Cup title, will compete with Steve Langton, with whom he won four World Cup medals this season. Holcomb and Fogt won two gold medals in two-man. No American has won an Olympic gold medal in two-man bobsled since 1936, but Holcomb's success makes it a real possibility this year.
Alpine's Fogt will push for pilot Cory Butner, a driver with whom he hasn't competed this season. Fogt and Langton are push athletes for Holcomb's USA 1 sled, along with Nebraska's Curt Tomasevicz. Pilot Nick Cunningham of Monterey, Calif., will compete with Dallas Robinson of Georgetown, Ky.
The men's two-man teams compete Feb. 16 and 17.
On the women's side, Elana Meyers of Douglasville, Ga., will compete with track and field Olympic gold medalist Lauryn Williams of Miami. Williams was persuaded to try bobsled by Summer Games teammate Lolo Jones. In just five months, she's gone from a novice to the push athlete for the best pilot on the U.S. team.
Jamie Greubel of Newtown Penn., joins Aja Evans of Chicago, while Jones of Des Moines, Iowa, will push for pilot Jazmine Fenlator of Wayne, N.J. The women compete Feb. 18 and 19.
SPEEDKSKATING GETS UNDERWAY: The youngest member of the U.S. long track team led the way Saturday in the first competition for speedskaters. Emery Lehman of Oak Park, Ill. was the highest finishing American in 16th place at Adler Arena Skating Center in Sochi.
Sven Kramer of the Netherlands set an Olympic record in earning gold. His time of 6:10.76 was five seconds faster than his teammate and silver medalist Jan Blokhuusen (6:15.71). Jorrit Bergsma, U.S. skater Heather Richardson's fiance, made it a Dutch sweep, earning a bronze medal with a time of 6:16.66.
Lehman's time was 6:29.94. The other two American entrants finished in the top 20. Jonathan Kuck of Champaign, Ill., was 19th with a time of 6:31.53, while Patrick Meek of Northbrook, Ill., was 20th, skating the distance in 6:32.94.
While Meek was disappointed, he said he crossed his first Olympic finish line feeling nothing but grateful.
"I had a sense of gratitude," Meek said. "Grateful that my legs had stopped hurting, that my back had stopped hurting, and that I had realized a dream. I’d raced an Olympic race.”
WHITE AND DAVIS STAY AHEAD OF THE COMPETITION: Meryl Davis of West Bloomfield, Mich., and Charlie White of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., took first place in the ice dancing short program phase of the team figure skating competition Saturday evening at the Iceberg Skating Palace, pushing the United States into third place after three of eight events in the competition.
Earning a score of 75.98, Davis and White gave the USA 10 points in the team standings, vaulting the American squad into third place overall with 20 points. Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir placed second with a score of 72.98 to keep Canada in second place with 26 points. Russia remained in first with 27 points after Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev placed third with a score of 70.27.