Steve Holcomb

Holcomb ended a 50-year drought for the U.S. when he won the four-man title at the 2009 World Championships in Lake Placid, NY. Holcomb and his USA-1 sled of Justin Olsen, Steve Mesler and Curt Tomasevicz finished ahead of Germany's Andre Lange, the two-time four-man Olympic gold medalist, by nearly a second. "It was huge," Holcomb said. "I knew we couldn't show any leniency, because the other teams didn't last year. I think Lange beat us last year by 15 seconds or something. We needed to show them that we could do it, too. We did, and I can't believe finally after 50 years we got it done." (Lange won four-man by two seconds in 2008.) "The next goal is the gold medal at the Olympics," Holcomb said. The U.S. men last accomplished that feat in 1948. [+]