Cham­pion bob­sled­der found dead at age 37

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS -

Steven Hol­comb, the long­time U.S. bob­sled­ding star who drove to three Olympic medals after beat­ing a dis­ease that nearly robbed him of his eye­sight, was found dead in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Satur­day. He was 37.

The U.S. Olympic Com­mit­tee and USA Bobsled and Skele­ton an­nounced his death, the cause of which re­mains un­clear. How­ever, of­fi­cials said there were no im­me­di­ate in­di­ca­tions of foul play. An au­topsy was ten­ta­tively sched­uled for Sunday.

The na­tive of Park City, Utah, was a three-time Olympian, and his sig­na­ture mo­ment came at the 2010 Van­cou­ver Games when he pi­loted his four-man sled to a win that snapped a 62-year drought for the United States in bobsled’s sig­na­ture race. Hol­comb also drove to bronze medals in both two- and four-man events at the Sochi Games in 2014 and was ex­pected to be part of the 2018 U.S. Olympic team headed to the PyeongChang Games.

Hol­comb was still one of the world’s elite driv­ers, fin­ish­ing sec­ond on the World Cup cir­cuit in two-man points and third in four-man points this past sea­son.

He was cheru­bic, al­most al­ways happy in pub­lic, some­one whose sense of hu­mor was well­known through­out the close-knit bobsled world. Yet he re­vealed in re­cent years that there was also a trou­bled side, in­clud­ing bat­tles with de­pres­sion and a failed ho­tel-room sui­cide at­tempt in 2007 that he wrote about in his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy. COL­LEGES

The Mary­land men’s lacrosse team re­peated as Big Ten cham­pi­ons, us­ing five goals in the fourth quar­ter to hold off Ohio State, 10-9, in Colum­bus, Ohio.

Ju­nior mid­fielder Con­nor Kelly scored a ca­reer-high five goals and ju­nior goalie Dan Mor­ris made eight saves for the Ter­rap­ins (12-3), who are the fa­vorites to lock up the top over­all seed in the NCAA tour­na­ment when the field is an­nounced Sunday night. Mary­land also was the top over­all seed last year.

Se­nior Colin Hea­cock pro­vided the game-win­ning goal with 3:27 re­main­ing, which capped the scor­ing in a fran­tic fourth quar­ter. — Ro­man Stubbs

Five-star bas­ket­ball re­cruit Kevin Knox an­nounced his col­lege de­ci­sion, and Ken­tucky was the sur­prise pick.

Knox — a 6-foot-9 small for­ward from Tampa — Ken­tucky’s fifth five-star re­cruit in the 2017 class. NASCAR

Aric Almirola earned the third Xfin­ity Se­ries vic­tory of his ca­reer Satur­day by hold­ing off a hard­charg­ing pack in the clos­ing laps at Tal­ladega (Ala.) Su­per­speed­way.

He knew just min­utes into prac­tice at Tal­ladega that he had a Ford ca­pa­ble of win­ning.

“We ran about 10 laps in prac­tice and I said, ‘Put it on jack stands. We’re ready to go. This thing is fast,’” Almirola said.

El­liott Sadler was sec­ond.

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