March 9, 2010 — The Night Train, the World Champion USA1 four-man Bobsled team, steamed to new heights, taking the Olympic Gold Medal at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, bringing SpiderTech, sponsor and supplier to the team, along for the ride.
The Night Train crew entered the finals with a lead of 0.40 seconds in a sport measured to the hundredth of a second. The driver, Steve Holcomb, and his team Justin Olsen, Steve Mesler, and brakeman Curtis Tomasevicz powered off the blocks in 4.77 seconds and slid across the finish with the fastest time of the third heat, 51.19 seconds, to maintain their lead going into the final run.
“It was anxiousness,” said Mesler about the wait between heats. “We were dying to do it ‘cause we knew it was there. We knew it was going to happen, so we just wanted to get it over with.”
Team Holcomb pushed off the block in 4.76 seconds for a run of 51.52 seconds, third best of the final heat, and was greeted by a deafening roar from the stands as their named appeared at the top of the standings. The Night Train team threw their hands into the air in celebration before greeting family and friends with hugs by the side of the track.
“It’s a real case of mixed emotions,” said Bill Payne, vice president of marketing for SpiderTech, a Toronto-based company. “We’re ecstatic for this team, our team, to win this gold medal in Vancouver, and we’re looking forward to working with them in 2011, to help where we can in keeping them on the podium next year.”
SpiderTech is known for patented “pre-cut kinesiology tape applications” that provide advanced therapeutic and competitive support for all level of athletes, from Olympic-class to armchair.
Source: SpiderTech, www.SpiderTech.com.