Langton’s rise to Olympic status came almost too easily. He was a member of North­eastern University’s track and field team, grad­u­ating in 2005 as what he deemed a “pretty average sprinter” on a national stage. Run­ning at a weight of 225 pounds during his col­le­giate career, it was only a matter of time, he said, before the lighter ath­letes caught up to him.

I knew that was the end,” the 30-​​year-​​old Langton said. “That was about as far as track and field was going to take me. So I sought out another ath­letic oppor­tu­nity that would speak to my ath­letic endeavors and stum­bled upon the great sport of bobsledding.”

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