Saturday, January 7

DEATH OBITUARY : Team USA bobsled driver dies

Steven Holcomb
Steven Holcomb, the bobsledding star who drove to three Olympic medals after beating a disease that nearly robbed him of his sight, is dead in Lake Placid, New York.

Holcomb won a gold medal in the four-man bobsled in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, a first for the United States since 1948. He also took home one gold and two bronze medals in 2014 at the Sochi Olympics.

He was 37 years old. No cause of death was given.
"Steve was a tremendous athlete and even better person, and his perseverance and achievements were an inspiration to us all," United States Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Steve's family and the entire bobsledding community."

People are paying tribute on social media.

We extend our deepest sympathies to Steven Holcomb's family, friends and teammates. Steven had an amazing spirit that defied the odds and inspired everyone around him. We will continue to celebrate Steven's legacy as an athlete and as a person. He will be greatly missed.

I had the honor of knowing Steven Holcomb and sharing some really fun times together over the past 8 years. This news breaks my heart #RIP#NeverForgotten #BobsledChampion #TeamUSAFamily #parkcity

Ash Winter I am utterly devestated at this news, Steve Holcomb was the greatest #keratoconus inspiration to me and down to him for the reason I am where I am today, the man who proved having this condition didn't matter! RIP big man, you are now at peace! You shal not be forgotten πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡²
Bette Andrews So sad. Such a wonderful human being who made us laugh and was so good at what he did. He will be missed. Condolences to his family and friends.
Greg Sedell One of the great American Bobsleders and atheletes he will be missed! May God bless his soul and all the souls of the departed and may they forever rest in peace!! Amen!!
Ashley Wilson So saddened by this news. Not only was he a great athlete, but an even better person. He quickly became friends with the our NBC Sports IndyCar crew a few years ago. We will miss him.
Joseph Gould Will certainly be missed...RIP Steve! May God wrap His mighty hand around your families and comfort them through this difficult time! Praying for your families
Jill A. Pall So deeply saddened by this. Steve was an amazing person and so darn funny. He represented his country proudly as a member of Team USA in the military and in a bobsled. Rest easy....
Paul Krull This is such sad news. I had the opportunity to see the tram win in Vancouver/Whistler in person and make history. It was a wonderful win. Prayers for his family and friends.
Amanda Vasquez I remember him and his story from the Olympics. May he RIP.

Terry Fountain RIP Steve Holcomb. Your contributions and legacy to your sport and our Olympic team will live on to aspire all those to come.
Lisa Bailey Rip Steven. I have enjoyed watching you bobsled throughout the years. Won't be the same.

Angela Boncore OMG... I'm so shocked..may you rest in eternal peace Steve Holcomb 

Lindsay Chu Got the news via my espn app and I was shocked. So talented

Judith B. Marcy RIP Steve! What a wonderful soul that will be missed. God bless.

Jennifer Nemirow This guy helped me out with my eye. So sad. Rest In Peace steve

Danny Derrig Stevan Lekic dude so sad. I remember texting you watching this guy in the last Olympics 

Suzanne Chach Garizio Such sad news! Prayers for his family and the little town of Lake Placid!

Janet Vrasic Sad news, what an amazing man and athlete. Condolences to his family and friends.

Laurie Mcguiness Why are so many athletes doping? Don't they know the deadly consequences that come with it?

Kutute Holenghan #RIP Prayers, thoughts and condolences to the family!!! 

Andrew Wilson Overdose or giant alligator what a horrible way to go..

Lucy Elberg tmz is matt Altman married I wannna date him in real life?! From bravo the show!!!! He Jewish and so I am
Brook Cleveland Oh my god!!! Wtf I met him a couple times what a nice man.. What a lost to the sport!!! Went way to young!!
Ramiro Herrera Jr. Omg! I follow him on FB & Instagram. He was just on there the other day posting videos. Rip
Izayne Lewis it was probably the big A** GATER that was killing all them people in that river

Tim Terrell White people out here dropping like flies.

Gay Murrisky Very sad!!!!
Sharon Richard So sad... another dead..i feel depressed with the news of is dead.

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