• A double fist pump by former U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program bobsled driver Steven Holcomb's crew of Curt Tomasevicz, Steve Langton and WCAP brakeman Capt. Chris Fogt indicates USA-1 is well on its way to earning an Olympic bronze medal with a third-heat run of 55.30 seconds Feb. 23 at Sanki Sliding Center in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. The Team USA quartet followed with a final run of 55.33 seconds to secure the bronze with a four-heat cumulative time of 3:40.99. Host Russia (3:40.60) took the gold, followed by silver medalist Latvia (3:40.69).

    USA-1 strikes Olympic bronze in Sochi

    A double fist pump by former U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program bobsled driver Steven Holcomb's crew of Curt Tomasevicz, Steve Langton and WCAP brakeman Capt. Chris Fogt indicates USA-1 is well on its way to earning an Olympic bronze medal with a...

  • Former U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program and 2010 Olympic four-man champion bobsled driver Steven Holcomb and WCAP brakeman Capt. Chris Fogt, along with USA-1 crew members Steve Langton and Curt Tomasevicz, cruise through Curve 15 at Sanki Sliding Centre on their second of Olympic four-man bobsled competition Feb. 22 in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. The USA-1 quartet was in fourth place after two of four heats with a cumulative time of 1:50.36. Russia-1, driven by Alexander Zubkov, led with a two-run cumulative time of 1 minute, 50.19 seconds, followed by Latvia-1 (1:50.23) driven by Oskars Melbardis, and Germany-1 (1:50.35) driven by Maximilian Arndt. USA-1 had a first-heat time of 54.89.

    USA-1 blazes through Cool. Yours. corner

    Former U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program and 2010 Olympic four-man champion bobsled driver Steven Holcomb and WCAP brakeman Capt. Chris Fogt, along with USA-1 crew members Steve Langton and Curt Tomasevicz, cruise through Curve 15 at Sanki Sliding...

  • Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games four-man bobsled medalists watch Team USA step onto the podium to receive their bronze medals, from far right to left: Capt. Chris Fogt of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program, Steve Langton, Curt Tomasevicz and former WCAP bobsledder Steven Holcomb. The gold medalists from the host Russian Federation are in the center, and the silver medalists from Latvia are on the left.

    Olympic bronze for USA-1 bobsledders

    Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games four-man bobsled medalists watch Team USA step onto the podium to receive their bronze medals, from far right to left: Capt. Chris Fogt of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program, Steve Langton, Curt Tomasevicz and...

  • U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program bobsled brakeman Capt. Chris Fogt (center) extends his red, white and blue gloved hand to former WCAP driver Steven Holcomb just before they team with Steve Langton and Curt Tomasevicz to set a track record with a start time of 4.75 seconds in Olympic four-man bobsled competition at Sanki Sliding Center in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. WCAP and Team USA bobsled coach 1st Lt. Mike Kohn is standing behind the huddle of U.S. bobsledders who won the bronze medal at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games.

    Capt. Fogt rallies U.S. bobsled troops

    U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program bobsled brakeman Capt. Chris Fogt (center) extends his red, white and blue gloved hand to former WCAP driver Steven Holcomb just before they team with Steve Langton and Curt Tomasevicz to set a track record with a...

SOCHI, Russia (March 4, 2014) -- Former and active-duty Soldiers from the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program, or WCAP, played a major role in five of the United States' 28 Olympic medals won at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

Former WCAP bobsled driver Steven Holcomb, who spent nearly eight years in the Army's elite athlete program, won bronze medals in two-man and four-man bobsled.

WCAP Capt. Chris Fogt was the brakeman for Holcomb's four-man bronze medal team, which included civilians Steve Langton and Curt Tomasevicz. Langton also teamed with Holcomb in the two-man event.

1st Lt. Mike Kohn, a two-time Olympic competitor as a WCAP athlete, helped coach both of those squads onto the Olympic podium as a rookie Olympic assistant for Team USA bobsled head coach Brian Shimer.

WCAP Sgt. 1st Class Tuffy Latour, a four-time Olympic coach, led Noelle Pikus-Pace to a silver medal in women's skeleton and Matt Antoine to a bronze medal in men's skeleton. He also coached Katie Uhlaender to a fourth-place finish in the women's event.

"He's a rock," Pikus-Pace, 31, of Orem, Ore., said of Latour. "He's the absolute best coach I've ever had."

Latour has also competed in track and field, softball, basketball and soccer.

"It's not just because of his coaching on the track," she said. "It's because of the sacrifice he makes for us. He puts his athletes first, and he cares so much about us. He's results-based and all about what will make us better as a team."

WCAP Staff Sgt. Bill Tavares, a six-time Olympian, coached Erin Hamlin to a bronze medal in women's luge, the first medal in U.S. women's Olympic luge history.

Soldiers comprised nearly half of the U.S. Olympic men's bobsled squad. In addition to Holcomb, Fogt and coach Kohn, WCAP Sgt. Justin Olsen, a 2010 Olympic gold medalist, Sgt. Nick Cunningham and Sgt. Dallas Robinson also were on the team.

Fogt reported that fellow Soldiers were watching him at Fort Hood, Texas, and that Sochi was "quite the change of pace" from Iraq, where he served for a year after competing at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Fogt said his brother is a second lieutenant stationed at Fort Hood, and his brother's unit was cheering for the U.S. bobsledders throughout the games.

"I've won this for them," Fogt said of striking Olympic bobsled bronze for fellow troops. "I can't wait to show it to them. I've gotten so many emails from Afghanistan, Korea, Fort Hood, Fort Campbell, and all over the place."

Fogt said bobsledding and Soldiering have a lot in common.

"In the Army, you bleed together, you sweat together, you workout together, you hang around in downtown Baghdad in 120 degrees heat in a Humvee for two or three hours -- you go through those things with your crew and it makes you feel close.

In bobsled, he added: "You slide down an icy track in a bathtub with four men in spandex -- you're very close. You get very, very close. It's a brotherhood."

Fogt was Cory Butner's brakeman aboard USA-2. They finished 12th in two-man bobsled.

Butner said he was "very honored to have Capt. Chris Fogt racing with me," between the first and second days of two-man competition.

"It's amazing. He takes care of everything for me. He keeps everything in order," Butner said. "I've just got to focus on driving. He takes control. I was very frustrated yesterday, and he was just trying to keep me calm and keep me focused on what we had to do today."

The WCAP duo of Cunningham-Robinson finished right behind Butner-Fogt, in 13th place, aboard USA-3.

"I have literally one of the best pushers in the world," Cunningham said of Robinson, his WCAP teammate.

In the four-man bobsled, Cunningham drove USA-2 to 12th place with WCAP teammates Olsen and Robinson aboard, along with civilian Johnny Quinn, the bobsledder who gained Internet notoriety by barreling through a locked restroom door in Russia.

Cunningham said all of the bobsledders take cues from Holcomb, 33, their wily veteran.

"Anytime [the team] wins a medal, it's a benefit to the program," Cunningham said. "To have him go out there and win, it's huge. It elevates everybody. It motivates us. Our names are not on the uniform. It says USA.

"I'm happy I get to be with him the next four years to Korea [site of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games] and hopefully I'll learn a lot more from him.

"He's a mentor to me that I can go to him for anything. To have him to be able to give me driving lines, and help me out, and to have the world's best at my disposal every single day. It's helped Cory and I get to this level," Cunningham said. "That's why we are so good. I don't know where we would be without him."

Kohn helped coach all of the U.S. bobsledders, including women's silver medalists Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams, and bronze medalists Aja Evans and Jamie Greubel. Latour also was there for them on race nights.

Editor's note: Gary Sheftick of Army News Service contributed to this article.

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