Three-time Olympic medalist and five-time world champion Steven Holcomb was found dead in his room on Saturday, May 6, in Lake Placid, New York with unknown reason of death.
“The entire Olympic family is shocked and saddened by the incredibly tragic loss today of Steven Holcomb,” U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun said. “Steve was a tremendous athlete and even better person, and his perseverance and achievements were an inspiration to us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with Steve’s family and the entire bobsledding community.”
— USA Bobsled Skeleton (@USABS) May 6, 2017
An American asset in the bobsledding world, Holcomb was 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 also once beat the keratoconus disease that nearly robbed him of his eyesight and caused him to suffer from depression.
Holcomb was an Eagle Scout and served as both a member of the Utah Army National Guard and the Army World Class Athlete Program. Known for his sense of humor, he was a native of Park City, Utah, 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 gold-medal drought for the U.S. in bobsled’s signature race.
With no foul-play seen in the investigation, Holcomb’s remains is set for an autopsy on Sunday. Funeral arrangements are expected to be finalized in the coming days.