The team from the United States USA-1 start their first run during the men's four-man bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics on Saturday in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Army Capt. Chris Fogt is the brakeman for the U.S. team.
The team from the United States USA-1
start their first run during the men's four-man bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics on Saturday in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
Army Capt. Chris Fogt is the brakeman for the U.S. team. (Natacha Pisarenko/The Associated Press)
The mental to-do list for USA-1 brakeman Army Capt. Chris Fogt, however, shows the complexity of the busiest person out of the start house.
The team placed third, behind Russia and Germany, in Saturday's first heat of the four-man event.
Heat 2 was to follow, with Heats 3 and 4 on Sunday.
It's a dizzying set of duties for the brakeman, all happening in about five seconds.
The initial responsibility, Fogt
explained Thursday as the team finished a pair of training runs in preparation for Olympic competition Saturday and Sunday: Be kind to your neighbor.
"My first job when I get in is to not spike Steve (Langton) in front of me," said Fogt, a member of the Army's World Class Athlete Program.
Fogt must run longer and faster than his three teammates, taking five to eight more steps than pilot Steven Holcomb and entering the sled from a dead sprint, estimated at 22 to 25 mph.
"The brakeman kind of dictates the riding position," said Fogt
"Sometimes you're in the wrong riding position and someone's on your foot or on your hand," Fogt
said of where his
focus turns at that point in the process.
, who also competed at the 2010 Olympics before serving a one-year deployment in Iraq, said loading into the sled is a bit like the popular Russian nesting dolls - with each piece fitting uniquely with the others.
"It's basically putting 880 pounds of man into a bathtub," Fogt