Olympic Gold Medalist in Bobsled Steven Holcomb was found dead at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, NY, he was 37. Holcomb was found dead alone in his room on Saturday May 6th, an Olympic official confirmed. The CEO of the United States Olympic Committee Scott Blackmun said the “entire Olympic community is shocked and saddened to hear the news of Steven Holcomb.” He went on to say “Steven was a tremendous athlete and an even better person. His perseverance and achievements were an inspiration to us all. Our thoughts and prays are with Steve’s family and the entire Bobsled community.”
Holcomb had gone to the Olympics three times, he won gold at the Vancouver Games in 2010. He also won two bronze medals in Sochi in 2014. He was expected to be on the Bobsled team at the Olympic games in 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Holcomb has battled severe depression for several years. He bravely addressed his mental issues in his 2012 autobiography ‘Now I See: My battle from blindness to Olympic Gold.’ In the book he talked about a much earlier failed suicide attempt in 2007 in his hotel room.
Of that suicide attempt in 2014, he said he was blessed it wasn’t successful because he has so much he still needs to accomplish. Holcomb struggled with a debilitating disease,’keratonconus’ which causes near blindness. He hid the disease from teammates and team doctors, by memorizing vision charts, corrective surgery in 2008 restored his vision. Holcomb grew up in Park City, Utah, and was also an accomplished ski racer. Holcomb maintained a residence in Colorado Springs, CO. An autopsy will be conducted to determine an official cause of death. In 2012 Holcomb and his team broke a 62 year drought for the bobsled team.