Langton, who participated in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver but did not earn a medal, is a member of Steve Holcomb’s four-man team and a favorite for gold, according to a Boston Globe report. Holcomb helped snap a 62-year Olympic gold medal drought for the Americans in 2010, winning both the four-man and two-man bobsled world championship titles in 2012, adds the report.
Langton, a former member of the track and field team at Northeastern University, may be pushing for Holcomb in the two-man event at this year's Winter Olympics.
"He’s hands-down the best push athlete in the world," Holcomb said of Langton in the report. "He’s been that way for a couple years now, and I don’t see him letting up anytime soon.
"Having him on the brakes takes a lot of pressure off me in the two-man, knowing I’m going to have a great start and great velocity down the hill, that right there takes a lot of pressure off me from knowing I have to be perfect. I can give myself a little bit of ability to make some mistakes, and not have to have a perfect run every single time out and that’s huge. There are a lot of drivers out here that don’t have that kind of start and it puts the pressure on."The Melrosian's bobsledding achievements include winning Rookie of the Year, and a year later claimed the U.S. National Push Championship title, according to the report.
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