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(Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune) Bobsled athlete Steven Holcomb, of Park City, talks to members of the media after a practice run at the Sanki Sliding Center in Rzhanaya Polyana, Russia, before the start of the 2014 Sochi Olympics Thursday February 6, 2014.
Steven Holcomb picks Langton over Fogt for two-man race
First Published Feb 08 2014 06:34 am • Last Updated Feb 25 2014 04:50 pm

Sochi, Russia • If Park City’s Steven Holcomb wins a medal in two-man bobsled at the Sochi Olympics, it will be without fellow Utahn Chris Fogt.

The reigning four-man champion has been paired with push athlete Steve Langton, leaving Fogt — an Alpine native who graduated from American Fork High School and Utah Valley University — to push for driver Cory Butner in the USA-3 sled Feb. 16-17 at the Sanki Sliding Center.

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That’s not such a bad deal, though.

While Holcomb is the top American driver, Butner did drive to a pair of bronze medals on the World Cup circuit this season. Holcomb won three of his two-man races with Langton pushing, and two with Fogt. After a training session earlier in the week, he said the choice would come down to a decision about which push athlete’s style would best suit him on the Sochi track.

"Langton has the strength and the power, Fogt has the speed," he said. "We don’t know if it’s going to be more beneficial to have a sprinter down the track or have power in the hole."

- Michael C. Lewis

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