NEW YORK—Steven Holcomb, 37, a longtime U.S. bobsledding athlete and winner of three Olympic medals after beating a disease that nearly robbed him of his eyesight, was found dead Saturday, May 6 in Lake Placid, New York.
Born in Park City, Utah, Holcomb was a three-time Olympian, and in 2010 at the Vancouver Games, he piloted his four-man sled to a win that snapped a 62-year drought for the U.S. in bobsled’s race.
He was described as always happy in public, with a sense of humor and well-known throughout the bobsled community. In recent years, Holcomb began to open up about his struggle with depression and a failed hotel-room suicide attempt in 2007, which he wrote about in his autobiography, “But Now I See: My Journey from Blindness to Olympic Gold.”
Holcomb was found dead in his room at the Olympic Training Center. No cause of death has been immediately announced. Authorities reported that there were no indications of any foul play after the preliminary parts of a continuing investigation were completed. It is believed Holcomb died in his sleep.
Holcomb won bronze medals in 2014 during both the two- and four-man events at the Sochi Games. He was expected to be part of the 2018 U.S. Olympic team headed to the Pyeongchang Games.
He finished second on the World Cup circuit in two-man points and third in four-man points this past season.
An autopsy was scheduled for Sunday, May 7, but no information has been released to the public. Funeral arrangements are expected for the athlete in the coming days.