Bronze Medalist Says New 'Tonight Show' Host 'Scared' To Ride In His Bobsled

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Steven Holcomb is not one to be trifled with — as Jimmy Fallon found out on Tuesday.

The U.S. Olympian took issue with the new Tonight Show host’s attack during his debut on Monday night.

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Fallon, who replaced longtime host Jay Leno, said during his Olympics segment that Holcomb was “most likely to find an old hot wing in his pocket,” a clear shot at the bobsled pilot’s large frame.

Well, Holcomb, who helped the U.S. end a 62-year drought in the two-man bobsled with a bronze medal in Sochi on Monday and is also the reigning Olympic champion in the four-man competition, would have none of it, going on the “Dan Patrick Show” with some choice words of his own for the comic.

“I actually did offer Jimmy a ride [in the bobsled] at the beginning of the season and he declined,” Holcomb said on the “Dan Patrick Show” on Tuesday. “He said he was scared.”

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Holcomb is a former Alpine skier and member of the Army National Guard. He has battled depression and now has to deal with a left calf injury heading into the four-man heats, which begin Saturday.

“It is what it is, he tried to take a jab at me and that’s fine,” Holcomb said. “It happens. We’ll work something out.”

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