Can IT guy deliver bobsled gold?

Stephen Holcomb, pilot of the "Night Train" bobsled and a Microsoft Certified Professional, will try to end the United States' decades-long drought in the sport.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia--It's been 62 years since the United States claimed a gold medal in bobsled.

And this year, our best hope is piloted by a computer geek who trains by playing video games.

So our chances are pretty good. That's because, in addition to being a Microsoft Certified Professional and admitted PC nerd, Stephen Holcomb is also the reigning world champion in the four-man bobsled.

Plus, he's got this crazy "Holcy dance" that one just has to see to believe.

Holcomb hopes to dance his way on to the medal podium by the time competition wraps up on Saturday. The first two runs are scheduled for Friday afternoon, with the final two slated for Saturday.

Standing in Holcomb's way is one of the most decorated bobsledders of all time German Andre Lange. Lange, who won the two-man event earlier this week, is looking to become the first bobsled pilot to twice accomplish the feat of winning the two-man and four-man races at the same Olympics.

Holcomb told reporters on Wednesday that he likes competing against Lange.

"I like racing against him," Holcomb told reporters. "It's a good rivalry. Competition breeds excellence."

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