Injured Holcomb not going down without a fight

Wed Feb 19, 2014 5:50am EST
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By Justin Palmer

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - Despite being hampered by a calf injury, Steve Holcomb says he is not ready to give up the four-man bobsleigh title without a fight.

The American knows the best cards lie with Russia's Alexander Zubkov who will start favorite to secure an Olympic double after his two-man victory on Monday.

"Traditionally the home team always does well," Holcomb said before the start of the four-man competition on Saturday.

"They have been down this track more than we have. In a few years it will balance out when we all start to learn this track.

"Right now they are going to be tough to beat. But don't think for a second we're going to back off and let them just win, we will be trying our hardest to challenge them.

"Come race day, I've got a great push crew behind me, they already know that I'm a little bit behind but they're going to give everything they've got.

"This is what we've been training for and we're not going to give up that easily."

Holcomb hurt his calf at the start of the second heat in the two-man competition but battled on with brakeman Steve Langton to win a bronze, the first podium finish by the U.S. in the event since 1952.   Continued...

U.S. bobsled pilot Steve Holcomb poses for a picture at the fitness center in the Coastal Cluster Olympic Village in Sochi, February 4, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard