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Team USA bobsled looks to defend gold medal from Vancouver

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SOCHI, Russia -

Team USA's bobsled team is hoping to defend their gold medal in Sochi.

It's a picturesque location in the Russian mountains that seems so peaceful, until the silence is broken when the bobsled track cranks up.

The Americans are chasing history, trying to win the gold again. Team USA won four-man bobsled gold in Vancouver and are trying to defend for the first time in more than six decades.

"It's been 62 years since the Americans went in defending gold medal, so there's a little bit of pressure there," said team member Steve Holcomb.

Team USA dominated the competition leading up to the games. They swept the races in North America, but this is a bigger stage.

"We're definitely a medal threat. I think we're going into it kind of the medal favorite, but it's hard to say. The Russians, this is their home track. As you have seen with my results this season, home track is huge. We swept North America, and that plays a huge role. Russians are fast in training, they know this track better than anybody, they've had more runs than anybody, so we may be the gold medal favorites, but I think they are going to be tough to beat," said Holcomb.

No doubt they are the favorites, but trying to defend their gold medal, the emotions must be put to the side.

"It was by far the highlight of my life, it was the most amazing moment. Everything comes flooding back, I mean, you're emotionally overwhelmed, your body doesn't know what to think. Every emotion you've ever experienced comes out and it's intense," said Holcomb.

"I don't think the second time would take anything away from the first time or vice versa. I think each one would be just as special," said Cory Butner. "Even if we can do two- and four-man here, separate events, separate moments and just as great."

Team USA sits in third place after the first night of competition, so they have a major challenge to defend their gold medal on Monday.

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