Steven Holcomb (1980 - 2017)
By: Legacy Staff
1 year ago
Steven Holcomb, an Olympic champion bobsled driver, died Saturday, May 6, 2017, in Lake Placid, New York, according to multiple news sources. He was 37.
The U.S. Olympic Committee and the United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation announced his death, but the cause has not been released. Foul play was not suspected, however, according to officials.
Holcomb was a three-time Olympian, competing as a bobsled driver in Torino 2006, Vancouver 2010, and Sochi 2014. In 2010, he broke a 62-year drought, piloting the American four-man bobsled team to its first gold medal since 1948. He won bronze medals in both the four-man and two-man bobsled events in Sochi in 2014. He was expected to be a part of the U.S. team that would compete in the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
He was born in Park City, Utah, April 14, 1980. He began competing for U.S. bobsled in 1998.
His bobsledding career was threatened by a degenerative eye disease called keratoconus. He underwent surgery that saved his eyesight. He returned to international competition during the 2007-08 season and earned seven medals: three gold, three silver, and one bronze.
He wrote about his illness, battles with depression, and journey to Olympic glory in his autobiography, “But Now I See: My Journey From Blindness to Olympic Gold.”
U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun issued a statement: “The entire Olympic family is shocked and saddened by the incredibly tragic loss today of Steven Holcomb. Steve was a tremendous athlete and even better person, and his perseverance and achievements were an inspiration to us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with Steve’s family and the entire bobsledding community.”
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