"Other drivers ask me how I steer a certain curve," says USA 1 pilot Steve Holcomb (right, in helmet), "and I can't really tell them. You have to feel it." Holcomb developed his uncanny driving sense as a consequence of an eye disease that caused his vision to deteriorate even as he competed on the World Cup circuit. Nearly blind by 2007, Holcomb learned to feel the course in his arms, legs and back. Surgery in '09 corrected his vision but didn't alter his style, and at Whistler he and teammates (from left) Steve Mesler, Curtis Tomasevicz (pointing) and Justin Olsen led every heat to win by a comfortable .45 of a second—the first U.S. men's Olympic bobsled gold since 1948. In the women's competition the USA 2 sled of Erin Pac and Elana Meyers (above) earned bronze, the third straight Games in which the U.S. has made the podium. Pac knows the difficult Whistler course well, having won her first World Cup medal there last year. "I definitely enjoy the track," she said, "but it scares the crap out of me too."