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American Olympic champion bobsledder Steven Holcomb dies aged 37 Olympic gold medal winning bobsledder Steven Holcomb has died at the age of 37.
The United States Olympic Committee said in a statement that the American was found dead in his room at the US Olympic Training Centre in Lake Placid, New York, on Sunday morning. The USA order burberry online Bobsled and Skeleton Federation said it burberry raincoat sale was believed he had died in his sleep. Holcomb piloted the US four man bobsled to burberry online outlet store gold at the burberry sneakers outlet 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. It was the first American gold medal in the event since 1948. At the Sochi Games in 2014 he won bronze medals in the four man and two man bobsled. Holcomb's achievements came despite the fact he suffered from a serious eye disease,keratoconus, leaving him with streaked and blurred vision. Holcomb, wholearned to drive a bobsled by feel rather than sight, was nearly forced to retire from the sport a year before his Vancouver success, with his condition meaning he was considered legally blind. Non surgical treatment to strengthen the cornea enabled Holcomb to return to competition and he won the first of his five world titles at the 2009 World Championships inLake Placid. "The entire Olympic family is shocked and saddened by the incredibly tragic loss today of Steven Holcomb," US Olympic Committee chief executive 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." Holcomb, who also served in theUtah Army National Guard for from 1999 to 2006, also won five World Championship bronze medals "It would be easy to focus on the loss in terms of his Olympic medals and enormous athletic contributions to the organization, but USA Bobsled Skeleton is a family and right now we are trying to come to grips with the loss of our team mate, our brother and our friend," the organisation's chief executive Darrin Steele said.
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