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posted 01.22.2014 at 4.36 p.m. by Corey McLaughlin

Langton Tabbed Alternate for USA Olympic Bobsled Team

Chris Langton (USBSF)

Four years ago, Chris Langton sat in front of a TV in Ithaca, N.Y., with Cornell lacrosse teammates Rob Pannell and Mitch McMichael, as they watched Chris' older brother, Steve, walk in the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada. The moment inspired Chris, then a Big Red midfielder, to pursue an Olympic dream of his own.

Now he is headed to the 2014 winter games next month in Sochi, Russia — along with his brother — with the U.S. Olympic bobsled team.

Steve Langton, a two-time world champion, made the team for the second time on Sunday, and Chris was announced on Wednesday afternoon as one of two alternates by the USA Bobsled and Skeleton Federation. He will practice with the team in Russia and be in line to compete in case someone is injured during the games.

The brothers have been members of the U.S. World Cup bobsled team that has been competing overseas ahead of the Olympics. From that team, three sleds were picked to compete in Russia. Steve Langton, not a former lacrosse player but a former track and field athlete at Northeastern, will compete on Team USA's top sled, USA-1, as one of its push athletes.

At the time of an interview for the November issue of Lacrosse Magazine, Chris, a 2012 Cornell grad, said he had been on USA-3 — "[I'm] very happy to be in that spot," he said — and that his brother has a realistic shot a winning medals in the two- and four-man bobsled disciplines at the Olympics.

Chris also described the sport of bobsled, his path to finding it and much more, including, yes, the sports comedy movie "Cool Runnings," loosely based on the 1988 Jamaican Olympic bobsled team.

"I had this preconceived notion that it would be like a roller-coaster ride," he said, "but I was wrong. It's a much greater rush and the movements are so abrupt."

Click here to read the full interview.