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Steve Holcomb

Full name: Steven "Steve" Holcomb
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Weight: 229 lbs (104 kg)
Born: April 14, 1980 in Park City, Utah, United States
Died: May 6, 2017 in Lake Placid, New York, United States
Affiliations: Utah Utes, Salt Lake City (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Bobsleigh

Medals: 1 Gold, 2 Bronze (3 Total)

Biography

Steve Holcomb competed in three Olympic Winter Games, winning a four-man gold at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, piloting a sled he called the “Night Train” to victory, and bronze medals in both bobsleigh events at Sochi in 2014. He became a pilot after serving as a brakeman early in his career, and switched after failing to make the 2002 US Winter Olympic team. Early in his career Holcomb served in the Utah Army National Guard (1999-2006). He won the Overall World Cup title six times, and won 60 medals on the World Cup circuit. Holcomb won five World Championships, winning the two-man in 2012, four-man in 2009 and 2012, and the mixed team in 2012-13.

During the middle of his career, Holcomb developed eye problems with a disorder called keratoconus, and his virtual blindness led to depression. He underwent experimental eye surgery to correct the condition, which was successful. He detailed his struggles in a book published in 2012, But Now I See: My Journey From Blindness to Olympic Gold which also told how in 2007 he attempted suicide at the depths of his depression.

In April 2017, Holcomb was still competing and was training in Lake Placid, New York at the US Olympic Training Center, looking towards the next World Cup season and the 2018 Winter Olympics. Sadly, although only 37-years-old, he was found dead in his room at the training center. No cause of death was announced.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
2006 Winter 25 Torino Bobsleigh Men's Two United States-2 USA 14
2006 Winter 25 Torino Bobsleigh Men's Four United States-2 USA 6
2010 Winter 29 Vancouver Bobsleigh Men's Two United States-1 USA 6
2010 Winter 29 Vancouver Bobsleigh Men's Four United States-1 USA 1 Gold
2014 Winter 33 Sochi Bobsleigh Men's Two United States-1 USA 3 Bronze
2014 Winter 33 Sochi Bobsleigh Men's Four United States-1 USA 3 Bronze

Men's Two

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit
2006 Winter 25 Torino Bobsleigh United States-2 USA Bill Schuffenhauer Final Standings
2006 Winter 25 Torino Bobsleigh United States-2 USA Bill Schuffenhauer Run 1
2006 Winter 25 Torino Bobsleigh United States-2 USA Bill Schuffenhauer Run 2
2006 Winter 25 Torino Bobsleigh United States-2 USA Bill Schuffenhauer Run 3
2006 Winter 25 Torino Bobsleigh United States-2 USA Bill Schuffenhauer Run 4
2010 Winter 29 Vancouver Bobsleigh United States-1 USA Curt Tomasevicz Final Standings
2010 Winter 29 Vancouver Bobsleigh United States-1 USA Curt Tomasevicz Run 1
2010 Winter 29 Vancouver Bobsleigh United States-1 USA Curt Tomasevicz Run 2
2010 Winter 29 Vancouver Bobsleigh United States-1 USA Curt Tomasevicz Run 3
2010 Winter 29 Vancouver Bobsleigh United States-1 USA Curt Tomasevicz Run 4
2014 Winter 33 Sochi Bobsleigh United States-1 USA Steve Langton Final Standings
2014 Winter 33 Sochi Bobsleigh United States-1 USA Steve Langton Run 1
2014 Winter 33 Sochi Bobsleigh United States-1 USA Steve Langton Run 2
2014 Winter 33 Sochi Bobsleigh United States-1 USA Steve Langton Run 3
2014 Winter 33 Sochi Bobsleigh United States-1 USA Steve Langton Run 4

Men's Four

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit
2006 Winter 25 Torino Bobsleigh United States-2 USA Final Standings
2006 Winter 25 Torino Bobsleigh United States-2 USA Run 1
2006 Winter 25 Torino Bobsleigh United States-2 USA Run 2
2006 Winter 25 Torino Bobsleigh United States-2 USA Run 3
2006 Winter 25 Torino Bobsleigh United States-2 USA Run 4
2010 Winter 29 Vancouver Bobsleigh United States-1 USA Final Standings
2010 Winter 29 Vancouver Bobsleigh United States-1 USA Run 1
2010 Winter 29 Vancouver Bobsleigh United States-1 USA Run 2
2010 Winter 29 Vancouver Bobsleigh United States-1 USA Run 3
2010 Winter 29 Vancouver Bobsleigh United States-1 USA Run 4
2014 Winter 33 Sochi Bobsleigh United States-1 USA Final Standings
2014 Winter 33 Sochi Bobsleigh United States-1 USA Run 1
2014 Winter 33 Sochi Bobsleigh United States-1 USA Run 2
2014 Winter 33 Sochi Bobsleigh United States-1 USA Run 3
2014 Winter 33 Sochi Bobsleigh United States-1 USA Run 4
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