New York: Steven Holcomb death has a come to utter shock for his family, friends and fans. The 37-year old bobsledder was found death in a New York hotel room. The cause of his death was yet to be revaled by police.
There is no denying that death so sudden shocks everyone. And the fact that he was just 37-year old and still raring to go for the next Winter Olympics has made the death all the more mysterious. The five Winter Olympic gold medal winner, Steven Holcomb was among the best known bobsledder in the US and it was due to him that the US Winter Olympics team could make a comeback in the sport and win gold medals. No one could forget his contribution in the game.
The well-built and sturdy looking Steven Holcomb was reportedly found dead at his room in the US Olympic Training Centre in Lake Placid, New York on Saturday.
Holcomb helped the US side win as many as five medals in the last two Winter Olympic Games. Steven Holcomb led 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.
US Olympic Committee seems to have been completely shocked at the sudden death of one of its top players. 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.
His exploits in the Winter Olympic Games are all the more startling and amazing given a serious eye defect that he suffered. His achievements came despite a serious eye disease that left him with streaked and blurred vision. He been competing since 1998 and won five world titles and was also a six-time World Cup champion.
Competing in the game was not easy for him, more so due to his eye issue. It is said that the athlete actually learned to drive a bobsled by feel rather than sight but his condition meant he was considered legally blind and was almost forced him to retire a year before the Vancouver Games. Non-surgical treatment strengthened the cornea, enabling him to compete, and he went on to win the first of his five world titles in Lake Placid in 2009.
37-year old 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.
“It would be easy to focus on the loss in terms of his Olympic medals and enormous athletic contributions to the organization, but USA Bobsled & Skeleton is a family and right now we are trying to come to grips with the loss of our teammate, our brother and our friend,” said USA Bobsled & Skeleton CEO Darrin Steele.