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Olympic Bobsled Powerhouses Langton, Fogt Are Back And Ready To Push Their Way To PyeongChang

By Craig Sesker | Feb. 14, 2017, 4:36 p.m. (ET)

Bobsledders Steve Langton (L) and Chris Fogt (R) pose for portraits during the Team USA Media Summit ahead of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games on Sept. 29, 2013 in Park City, Utah.


Steve Langton walked away from the sport of bobsledding.

And left a legend.

It was just over a year ago when the two-time world champion and two-time Olympic medalist announced his retirement, though he hadn’t competed since the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

But he couldn’t stay away.

Same goes for Olympic bronze medalist Chris Fogt.

After stepping away from the sport, while welcoming a son and a daughter to his young family, Fogt couldn’t stay away either.

Now, nearly three years removed from the 2014 Winter Games, the two veteran and highly accomplished athletes are making one last push for Olympic glory when the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, begin in just under a year.

“My dream came true in Sochi,” Langton, a two-time Olympian, messaged last week to his 19,300 followers on Twitter. “#1YearToGo it’s time to help @TeamUSA top the podium & I’m coming back to do exactly that.”

Langton and pilot Steven Holcomb won the two-man and four-man bobsled titles at the 2012 world championships in Lake Placid, New York. It marked the first time an American team won both events at a world championships.

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Two years later, Langton and Holcomb teamed up again to win a pair of bronze medals at the 2014 Winter Games. They became the first American team in 62 years to win a two-man medal.

Langton, now 33, became even more well-known after appearing on the television show “The Amazing Race” after the Games in 2015.

He said his decision to “un-retire” came in the last two weeks.

“It just hit me like a tidal wave,” he said. “I knew we were coming up on a year out from the Olympics, and I started getting excited about competing again and I just decided to go for it. This is something I love to do and something I think I can still do well. I would like another shot at a gold medal.”

Since earning his first world-level medal in Sochi, Fogt and his wife, Rachel, have welcomed a son, Daxton, and a daughter, Brynlee, into their family. For Fogt, a military intelligence officer in the U.S. Army, his life is pretty complete.

But when the two-time Olympian sat down to watch the Rio 2016 Games on television this past summer, he came to a quick realization: he missed competing.

“Watching Usain Bolt run in Rio really inspired me,” Fogt said. “I was a track and field sprinter at Utah Valley University, so it was really exciting to watch what he did.”

Watching Bolt helped further convince the 33-year-old Fogt to come back and make a run at a third straight U.S. Olympic Team.

“I stayed in shape by running and lifting weights,” Fogt said. “I was kind of hoping I’d come back and race again. I had military obligations and my family was growing. I had to balance everything.”

Like Fogt, Langton also paid close attention to the track and field competition in Rio.

“I’ve always loved watching the Olympics, ever since I was a little kid,” he said. “I watched as much as I could on TV last year.”

Fogt said he hadn’t touched a bobsled for nearly three years before making his comeback. He returned to competition last month at the North American Cup in Park City, Utah, where he competed in two four-man races, finishing first and third with Nick Cunningham piloting the sled.

In 2010, Fogt was part of the four-man squad driven by John Napier. In 2014, he pushed Holcomb – along with Langton and Curt Tomasevicz – to four-man bronze in Russia.

“It was obviously a dream come true to win an Olympic medal,” Fogt said. “To be on the podium was absolutely amazing — it was an incredible moment. But I still want to see our flag raised and hear our national anthem being played. We weren’t that far away from winning. We were right there.”

Fogt said he would like to race with Langton again.

“Steve is on the comeback trail, too,” Fogt said. “He’s obviously had a lot of success. It’s great to see him back.”

Langton said he discussed a possible return to the sport with Fogt, in addition to other U.S. teammates, before making his final decision to come out of retirement.

“Chris is one of my closest friends,” Langton said. “We talk very frequently, and he’s one of the reasons I decided to come back. We both talked about coming back for another Olympics.”

Langton also talked with Holcomb, who has continued to compete.

“I spoke with Steve — he’s a competitor and a good friend,” Langton said. “I’m looking forward to working with him again.”

Making another Olympic team would carry special meaning for Fogt, who is hoping to rejoin the World Class Athlete Program at Fort Carson just outside Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“It would be amazing to be able to share the Olympic experience with my kids this time,” Fogt said. “It would be really cool to have my children be a part of it.”

Langton is hoping the experience and level of success he earned in Sochi can translate into a strong showing at the 2018 Games.

“We competed very, very well in 2014,” he said. “We had a fantastic season. I’ve been away for a while, but the passion is still there and fire is still burning. I wouldn’t have come back unless I was still physically capable of competing at a high level. I’m excited to see what happens.

“I’ve realized that I still have one more Olympics left in me.”

Craig Sesker is a sportswriter based out of Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has covered three Olympic Games. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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