Published: Tue, May 09, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Five-time Olympic champion found dead in USA


A sports giant who revitalized American bobsled racing was found dead Saturday in his room at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid.

"The only reason why the U.S. is in any conversation in... bobsled is because of Steve Holcomb", said pilot Nick Cunningham, who roomed next to Holcomb in Lake Placid.

The cause of U.S. Olympic bobsledder Steven Holcomb's death will remain unclear until more tests are completed.

A cause or manner of death has not been released. Whitelaw also said there is "no suspicion of foul play".

Darrin Steele, USA Bobsled & Skeleton CEO, disclosed as much as was allowed.

Steve Holcomb, second from left, celebrates with the rest of his his four-man crew of Justin Olsen, Steve Mesler and Curtis Tomasevicz at the World Cup event in Lake Placid in November 2009. He was a fearless competitor whose light shone bright and guided us all.

"You will be loved, missed and remembered forever", USA women's pilot Jamie Greubel Poser wrote on Twitter. "God's peace to you on your next journey".

Steve Holcomb poses for a portrait during the Team USA PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics portraits on April 27, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. The tribute page can be found here.

Holcomb won the Olympics 2010 in Vancouver in the fours at the Games in Sochi he won two bronze medals in twos and fours.

Holcomb was a three-time Olympian, competing as a bobsled driver in Torino 2006, Vancouver 2010, and Sochi 2014. Plans are also underway for memorial services to be held in the coming weeks in both Lake Placid and Holcomb's hometown of Park City, Utah. In March he competed at the track that will host next year's Olympics. It's been a long and challenging road, and we've been through a lot together. But, then, off-season training is hard. The support is awesome. "You feel better by feeling bad".

'I'll just say it was interesting', Holcomb said after that issue was published. And seeing people that we can relate to doing incredible things like he did, that's rare.

Holcomb's achievements came despite the fact he suffered from a serious eye disease, keratoconus, leaving him with streaked and blurred vision.

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