Vancouver Olympians back in winter mode

The following is an excerpt from an article posted at

Members of the 2010 U.S. Olympic team dedicated their lives to training and preparing for the Games last February in Vancouver. They rejoiced with their coaches and families after they qualified for the team.

The Opening Ceremony, competition and Closing Ceremony went by in a blur, and then the Olympic Winter Games are over.

The athletes are left with a lot of decisions to make. Should they continue training for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, which will take place in Sochi, Russia? Is it time to retire? Or is it best to take a break for a bit and then come back?

The answers are as individual as the athletes themselves. Here’s a look at what some of the stars of the Vancouver Games are up to now that the winter sports season is back in full swing:

Steve Holcomb, gold medalist, pilot of the “Night Train” bobsled team: Holcomb became one of the biggest stars of the Vancouver Games, thanks to his easy-going personality and passion for his sport — not to mention leading “Night Train” to Team USA’s first four-man bobsled gold medal since 1948.

Holcomb has been busy, enjoying life in many ways. He has appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” getting to read the show’s signature “Top 10 List.” He’s thrown out first pitches at a Cleveland Indians game and at a San Francisco Giants game. Holcomb played golf with colorful former NBA star Charles Barkley. He flew around a NASCAR racetrack, getting to experience a different type of speed and banking than bobsled.

Getting back to training, and real life, has required a bit of adjustment for Holcomb. He’s looking toward competing in the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, wanting to defend his team’s gold medal.

“It seems like things moved very fast but now it’s so slow,” Holcomb, 30, said in a telephone interview during a training break in Lake Placid, N.Y. “I’m realizing that high is not going to come back for three and a half more years and right now it seems like three and a half years is forever.”

Bobsled and skeleton teams open their World Cup season at the 2010 Olympic track in Whistler, British Columbia, on Nov. 22-28.

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