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U.S. Olympic bobsled champ Holcomb found dead at training site
May 6, 2017 / 11:08 PM / 7 months ago

U.S. Olympic bobsled champ Holcomb found dead at training site

(Reuters) - U.S. bobsledder Steven Holcomb, who came back from a suicide attempt over impending blindness to win Olympic gold in 2010, was found dead at a training site on Saturday, the U.S. Olympic Committee said.

FILE PHOTO: Bobsleigh - BMW IBSF Bob & Skeleton World Championships - 4-men final race - Koenigssee, Germany - 26/2/17 - Pilot Steven Holcomb of the USA reacts. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File Photo

Holcomb, 37, was discovered in his room at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York, the committee said in a statement. It gave no further details.

Holcomb, who underwent successful surgery in 2008 to overcome a degenerative eye disease, made history at the Vancouver Olympics when he piloted the U.S. four-man bobsled team, nicknamed “Night Train,” to the gold medal.

It marked the first U.S. gold medal in the event since 1948 and the three-time Olympian’s comeback from depression over increasing blindness, according to his biography on the Team USA website.

Holcomb took bronze medals in both two-man and four-man bobsled at the 2014 Sochi Games. He also won five world titles among his 10 world championship medals and was a six-time overall world cup champion, winning 60 world cup medals.

FILE PHOTO: Bobsleigh - BMW IBSF Bob & Skeleton World Championships - 2-men first heat- Koenigssee, Germany - 18/2/17 - Steven Holcomb of USA warms up before the race. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File Photo

The New York State Police, which is handling the case, had no immediate comment on Holcomb’s death.

FILE PHOTO: Bobsleigh - BMW IBSF Bob & Skeleton World Championships - 4-men final race - Koenigssee, Germany - 26/2/17 - Pilot Steven Holcomb of the USA reacts. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File Photo

”The entire Olympic family is shocked and saddened by the incredibly tragic loss today of Steven Holcomb,” U.S. Olympic Committee Chief Executive Scott Blackmun said in a statement.

”Our thoughts and prayers are with Steve’s family and the entire bobsledding community.”

Holcomb’s autobiography, “But Now I See: My Journey from Blindness to Olympic Gold,” had outlined how people suffering from depression should seek treatment, the Team USA profile said.

”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 Chief Executive Darrin Steele.

Reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, N.C. and Ian Simpson in Washington; Editing by Matthew Lewis

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