LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – Olympic champion bobsledder Steven Holcomb was found dead this morning in his room at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York. No further information is available at this time.
"The entire Olympic family is shocked and saddened by the incredibly tragic loss today of Steven Holcomb,” said Scott Blackmun, United States Olympic Committee CEO. “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.”
“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 teammate, our brother and our friend,” said USA Bobsled & Skeleton CEO Darrin Steele.
Holcomb competed for Team USA in three Olympic Winter Games, making history at Vancouver 2010 when he piloted the “Night Train” U.S. four-man bobsled team to the gold medal. It marked the first U.S. gold medal in the event since 1948. At Sochi 2014, he went on to win bronze medals in both two-man and four-man bobsled.
Having competed for the U.S. since 1998, Holcomb also won five world titles among his 10 world championship medals. He was a six-time overall world cup champion, and 60-time world cup medalist. Additionally, he served in the Utah Army National Guard for seven years (1999-2006) and took part in the Army World Class Athlete Program.