KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Winless in the last three years in two-man bobsledding, Alexander Zubkov picked the perfect time and place to put that streak to an emphatic end.
At the Olympics. On home ice. No one was even close, either.
The 39-year-old Russian — who carried his nation’s flag into the Opening Ceremony to start the Sochi Games — found magic in all four of his runs, teaming with Alexey Voevoda to finish 0.66 seconds ahead of the Swiss team of Beat Hefti and brakeman Alex Baumann and win the gold medal Monday night.
‘‘Long-awaited victory,’’ said Dmitry Chernyshenko, head of the Sochi organizing committee.
And it was a night 62 years in the making for the US, with the pairing of Steve Holcomb of Park City, Utah, and Steve Langton of Melrose, Mass., taking the bronze, the first two-man medal showing by an American sled since 1952.
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