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February 27, 2010 at 8:12 PM

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Night train crew opens for Usher

Posted by Ron Judd

WHISTLER -- Out in the hallway at the media centre, just ran into Steve Holcomb and the Night Train Crew, fresh from tonight's medal ceremony in Whistler Village, packing that gold hardware.

The medals are pretty stunning in-hand. Holcomb, still wearing his, said the scene was awesome -- a huge crowd in the plaza.

"I think they were there to see Usher" (tonight's entertainment), he said.

But they got to see the world's best four-man bobsled team as part of the deal.

Speaking of nice moments: I liked this one, recounted by Night Train crewman Steve Mesler, who was asked if the team discussed the 62-year gold-medal drought in the event before they raced today:

"Never. Even at the top of the hill before the fourth run, we didn't sit there and talk about what we were going to do. We just relaxed and there was a moment where the four of us were standing there and everyone else had gone inside and we were the last ones there and it's a moment that I kind of stopped for a half a second and took it in. The four of us in an empty parking lot getting ready to go down the hill. I'll never forget that."

Another gold medal to a good bunch of guys.

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www.olympic.org: The official International Olympic Committtee site, with news releases, a searchable Olympic medals database and other archival information.
www.nbcolympics.com: Olympic news site from one of the Games' primary sponsors.
NBC Olympics columnist Alan Abrahamson's column/blog
Chicago Tribune Olympic sports writer Philip Hersh's blog
www.usolympicteam.com: U.S. Olympic Committee's athlete web site.
www.aroundtherings.com: Ed and Sheila Hula's Olympic News Service (subscription).
www.wcsn.com: News service with audio, video and text coverage of Olympic sports, during and between Olympics. Free, but charges for live video feed subscriptions.
www.beijing2008.com: Beijing Organizing Committee Web site.
www.vancouver2010.com: Vancouver Organizing Committee's 2010 Winter Games site.
www.london2012.com: London 2012 Summer Games site.
www.sochi2014.com: Sochi, Russia's 2014 Winter Games site.
www.chicago2016.org: Candidate city Chicago's summer 2016 bid committee site.
Olympic swimmer Tara Kirk's highly entertaining WCSN blog
Bellevue Olympian Scott Macartney's WCSN alpine ski-racing blog
Other WCSN Olympic athlete blogs.