Coroner diagnoses pulmonary congestion in report on bobsled legend Steven Holcomb's untimely death

May 07, 2017, 7:24 p.m. (ET)

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Coroner diagnoses pulmonary congestion in report on bobsled legend Steven Holcomb’s untimely death

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (May 7, 2017)- A preliminary report released by the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake, N.Y. today announced the diagnosis of pulmonary congestion as a possible cause in the untimely death of U.S. Olympic bobsled legend Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah). The final cause and manner of Holcomb’s passing remain pending toxicology studies to be performed by an independent laboratory. The report declared that a preliminary screen performed at the center was negative for drugs and there is no suspicion of foul play. Holcomb — a friend, teammate and mentor to athletes and fans around the world — was discovered to have passed away in his sleep at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid yesterday.

“Our deepest sympathies go out to the family, friends and teammates of our dear friend Steven Holcomb,” said USA Bobsled & Skeleton Board of Directors Chairman Pete Piechoski. “Steve was a wonderful man, and a great friend. He was a fearless competitor whose light shone bright and guided us all. You will be sorely missed, Steve. God's peace to you on your next journey.”

As the bobsled and skeleton community reels from the news of Holcomb’s untimely death, USA Bobsled & Skeleton has gathered memories from athletes, coaches and fans throughout the community that embody everything Holcomb was: a competitor, a champion, and most of all, a wonderful human being. The tribute page can be found at

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