Three-time Olympic medalist Steven Holcolmb was found passed in his room during Team USA’s training core in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Saturday, the United States Olympic Committee confirmed. The bobsled pilot, who was approaching to foe again in a 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, was 37.
The means of Holcomb’s death stays unclear, nonetheless according to the Associated Press, tainted play is not suspected.
Holcomb overcame an illness that roughly left him blind to win Olympic bullion with his “Night Train” team, a nickname given to a bobsled assigned by Holcomb and crewmen Justin Olsen, Steve Mesler and Curtis Tomasevicz in a four-man foe during a 2010 Vancouver Games. The win triumphantly pennyless a 62-year award drought in a foe for a United States.
Four years later, Holcomb would do a same, violation a 62-year award drought in a men’s two-man foe during a Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He took home a bronze in that event, as good as another bronze in a four-man race.
“If anyone else has a 62-year award drought we need to break, let me know,” Holcomb joked (via a AP) in Sochi. “I’ll assistance you.”
While Holcomb became famous for his a fun-loving personality, a contestant suggested in his 2007 journal “But Now we See: My Journey from Blindness to Olympic Gold” that his life wasn’t always so sweet. He pronounced since of his hitch with keratoconus, that nearly cost him his eyesight, he gifted bouts of basin that once got so bad he attempted suicide.
Thanks to surgery, however, Holcomb recovered and after said he schooled to view the lows in his life as lessons.
“After going by all that and still being here, we satisfied what my purpose was,” he told a AP in 2014.
In a run-up to a 2018 Olympics, Holcomb seemed in good spirits. Late final month a Team USA’s Twitter comment posted a GIF of a contestant goofing off during a print shoot.
The mood was apparently opposite Saturday, as Holcomb’s colleagues, family, friends and fans mourned a athlete’s astonishing death.
“The whole Olympic family is repelled and saddened by a impossibly comfortless detriment currently of Steven Holcomb,” USOC arch Scott Blackmun pronounced in a statement. “Steve was a extensive contestant and even improved person, and his stability and achievements were an impulse to us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with Steve’s family and a whole bobsledding community.”
An central with USA Bobsled and Skeleton, that governs a sport, echoed those sentiments in their possess statement.
“It would be easy to concentration on a detriment in terms of his Olympic medals and huge jaunty contributions to a organization, though USA Bobsled and Skeleton is a family and right now we are perplexing to come to grips with a detriment of a teammate, a hermit and a friend,” a organization’s CEO, Darrin Steele, said.
Other Olympians and friends chimed in on amicable media.
Incredibly unhappy to hear about a flitting of @StevenHolcomb. Deepest sympathies go out to his desired ones. Way to young.
— Carli Lloyd (@CarliLloyd) May 6, 2017
— J.R. Celski (@jrcelski) May 6, 2017
Today, we LOST one of my best friends, #StevenHolcomb who was found passed in his room during OTC Lake Placid. we was w/ him in LA all final week.
— Sen. Brant Feldman (@AGMSports) May 6, 2017
— Under Armour (@UnderArmour) May 6, 2017