Steven Holcomb was young. Merely 37-year old. Olympic gold medallist bobsledder was reportedly found dead in his room at the US Olympic Training Centre in Lake Placid, New York on Saturday. The cause of his death is yet to be determined.
He has won multiple Olympics in several winter Olympics and was still thought to be a great prospect to do well in bobsled. Reports suggest that Steven Holcomb lead the US four-man bobsled team to gold at Vancouver 2010 – the country’s first Olympic title in the event in 62 years.
He did pretty well in the next Winter Olympics too and at Sochi 2014 he won bronze in both the two-man and four-man bobsled.
Before his mysterious death last night, he competed in as many as three Winter Olympics was an important part of the US team.
His fans are mourning his death and the US Olympics association has called his sudden death as a great loss. US Olympic Committee chief executive Scott Blackmun in a statement said, “The entire Olympic family is shocked and saddened by the incredibly tragic loss today of Steven Holcomb”.
Scott Blackmun was all praise for Holcomb. “Steve was a tremendous athlete and even better person, and his perseverance and achievements were an inspiration to us all” said he.
There is no denying that Holcomb was among the most prominent athlete in the US Olympics team. He been competing since 1998 and won five world titles and was also a six-time World Cup champion. His achievements came despite a serious eye disease that left him with streaked and blurred vision.
Steven Holcomb was born on 14 April, 1980 and started competing at international level from 1998. Holcomb served as a soldier in the Utah Army National Guard for seven years, from March 1999 until July 2006. During his Army National Guard service, he served as a combat engineer in the 1457th Engineering Battalion. He took part in the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program (WCAP) for seven years. At the end of 2006, he received an Honorable Discharge from service. While in the National Guard, he earned an Army Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Army Presidential Unit Citation, Army Superior Unit Award and Army Service Ribbon.