Champion bobsledder found dead at age 37
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
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