Steven Holcomb, the longtime U.S. bobsledding wizard who drove to three Olympic awards after pulsating a disease that virtually defrauded him of his eyesight, was found dead in Lake Placid, New York, on Saturday.
He was 37.
The U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Bobsled and Skeleton announced the death of the 2010 gold medalist, the cause of which remains unclear. Nonetheless, officials said there were no the indicators of foul play after a preliminary investigation at the Olympic Training Center where Holcomb was found in his room. An postmortem was tentatively scheduled for Sunday.
The native of Park City, Utah, was a three-time Olympian, and his signature time saw at the 2010 Vancouver Competition when he piloted his four-man sled to a win that clicked a 62 -year gold-medal drought for the U.S. in bobsleds signature race.
It would be easy to focus on the loss in terms of his Olympic awards and immense athletic contributions to the organization, but USA Bobsled and Skeleton is a family and right now we are trying to come to grips with the loss of our teammate, our brother and my best friend, answered Darrin Steele, the confederations CEO who had known Holcomb for two decades.
Holcomb likewise drove to bronze awards in both two- and four-man happenings at the Sochi Competition in 2014, and was expected to be part of the 2018 U.S. Olympic team headed to the Pyeongchang Games.
He likewise was a former world champ in both two-man and four-man competition.
The part Olympic family is sickened and upset by the unbelievably catastrophic loss today of Steven Holcomb, U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun answered. Steve was a tremendous athlete and even better being, and his dedication and achievements were an inspiration to us all. Our thoughts and devotions are with Steves family and the part bobsledding community.
Holcomb was still one of “the worlds” society moves, finishing second on the World Cup circuit in two-man levels and third in four-man levels this past season. His final victory came in Lake Placid last December, when he drove to a two-man win.
He was cherubic, almost always joyous in public, someone whose sense of humor was well-known in all areas of the close-knit bobsled world. Teammates even wasted a season chronicling his Holcy Dance, a little less-than-rhythmic shuffle that he would do at each stop on the World Cup circuit to reach fellow sliders laugh.
But at scoot age, Holcomb diverted icy serious.
He earned 60 World cup finals awards, plus 10 more at “the worlds” championships and three in the Olympics, inducing him one of “the worlds largest” embellished captains in “the worlds”. And when he teamed with Steven Langton to acquire Olympic bronze in two-man at Sochi in 2014, he clicked another 62 -year U.S. shortage in that occasion just as he had four years earlier in the four-man Olympic race.
If anyone else has a 62 -year medal drought you need to break, let me know, Ill help you, Holcomb answered at the time.
His winter-sports career started as a skier when he was 6, and he started as a approach athlete in bobsled in 1998. He was an alternate on the 2002 Olympic team, and has been the motorist of US-A1 the statu lavished to Americas good captain for more than a decade.
His death rapidly reverberated through the Olympic community.
Incredibly sad to hear about the deliver of @StevenHolcomb,
U.S. womens soccer wizard Carli Lloyd tweeted. Deepest sympathies go out to his loved ones.
Holcomb revealed in recent years that there was also a disturbed back, including clashes with sadnes and a failed hotel-room suicide aim in 2007 which he wrote about in his autobiography, But Now I Interpret: My Wander from Blindness to Olympic Gold.
After going through all that and still being here, I realized what its main purpose was, Holcomb told the AP in a 2014 interview.
The depression, he reputed, predominantly stemmed from his fight with the disease announced keratoconus. Holcombs vision declined to the point where he was convinced that his bobsled profession was resolving, and his attitude rapidly started moving nighttime as well. His eyesight was saved in a surgery that diverted his 20 -5 00 see into something close to perfect, and his sliding profession simply taken away from from there.
Winning gold with approach competitors Steve Mesler, Curt Tomasevicz and Justin Olsen at the Vancouver Olympics diverted Holcomb into a full-fledged wizard. In the next few months that followed, Holcomb satisfied President obama, played golf with Charles Barkley, hung out with Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes they were then a couple called the New York Stock Exchange, propelled the ceremonial first slope at a Cleveland Indian game and came to the Indianapolis 500.
In the bobsled world, he was greater than life.
Dreadful, dreaded news, bobsledding broadcaster Martin Haven said here on Twitter. Holcy was one of the friendliest, most open guys you could hope to meet … Im heartbroken.
Funeral sequences were not immediately announced.
The Associated Press contributed to this report .