Legendary bobsledder Steven Holcomb enters USABS Hall of Fame
From left to right: Steven' family Megan Holcomb, Steve Holcomb, Stephanie Holcomb and Jean Schaefer accept the Hall of Fame award on his behalf. Photo: Molly Choma.
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (July 1, 2017)- Steven Holcomb’s (Park City, Utah) life, legacy and career were cemented once again into USA Bobsled & Skeleton’s (USABS) history Saturday evening, as the three-time Olympic medalist was inducted as the only member of the sixth class of the federation’s Hall of Fame. Holcomb is the first inductee to have the Hall of Fame’s 10-year clause waived.
“On any scale, Steve Holcomb was the greatest U.S. bobsledder ever, and that history spans 90 years,” Tony Carlino, Hall of Fame member and general manager of the Mt. Van Hoevenberg bobsled track, said during the ceremony. “His legacy will always endure. Steve will never be forgotten, and his memory will grow even stronger as time passes. He is an adopted son of our community.”
Holcomb’s enshrinement into the Hall of Fame during USABS’ annual awards banquet follows his unexpected passing on May 6, which reverberated across the bobsled and skeleton community as tributes poured in from around the world. The 37-year-old was in the process of making a bid for the 2018 Olympic team.
In addition to the induction, Holcomb also earned this year’s Men’s Bobsled Athlete of the Year award for his performance during the 2016-2017 season, which included five World Cup medals.
Holcomb’s mother Jean Schaefer, father Steve and sisters Stephanie and Megan accepted the award on his behalf. His Hall of Fame plaque, which will hang at the Mt. Van Hoevenberg bobsled track in Lake Placid, reads as follows:
April 14, 1980 – May 6, 2017
Steven Holcomb’s lengthy and star-studded bobsled career was highlighted by Night Train’s gold medal in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics that snapped a 62-year gold medal drought for the U.S. men’s bobsled program. Four years later, he did it again, piloting his BMW two-man sled to bronze in the Sochi Games, breaking another drought that had spanned 62 years. That year, Holcomb also drove Night Train II to bronze in four-man.
Holcomb’s career — which began in 1998 as a push athlete — included 60 World Cup medals and five World Championship titles, in addition to his three Olympic medals. Beyond podiums and accolades though, Holcomb was the cornerstone of a budding United States bobsled program throughout the first two decades of the 21st century. His leadership and focus, along with his quiet demeanor and down-to-earth personality, helped to build both team and fanbase as he became the most decorated men’s pilot in U.S. history. Holcomb also overcame the degenerative eye disease keratoconus, which nearly forced him into retirement before the 2009 World Championships in Lake Placid due to 20/500 eyesight. He received a non-surgical C3-R treatment, which strengthens the corner with a non-invasive technique, and Holcomb was able to return to competition, going on to win the 2009 World Championship title and becoming an inspiration for others affected by the disease. The C3-R procedure was renamed the Holcomb C3-R on April 9, 2010.
After his untimely death in 2017, the Hall of Fame’s 10-year clause was waived for the first time in history, and Holcomb was inducted immediately, joining bobsled and skeleton legends and cementing his legacy for generations to come.
Additionally, the Holcomb family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to USABS in memory of Steven, which will then be distributed to keratoconus patients and elite athletes in need of financial support. Donations can be made here: http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Bobsled-Skeleton-Federation/Features/2017/May/11/Link-to-donate-to-Steven-Holcomb-Memorial-Fund.
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