The inside of an Olympic bobsled can be a violent place, loud and jostling at 90 mph, subject to oppressive gravitational forces through each banked turn.
But when Steve Langton thinks back on his years of racing with teammate Steven Holcomb, he remembers quieter times.
Their car rides to practice with music playing over the radio. Or the moments before they won a bronze medal in the two-man event at the 2014 Winter Games.
“He and I didn’t say one word to each other,” Langton recalls. “We both knew what we needed to do.”
Eight months have passed since Holcomb died in his sleep at a Lake Placid, N.Y., training site with a fatal combination of alcohol and sleeping...