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Who is Steven Holcomb?
Steven Holcomb is a late American professional bobsledder, who is best known for winning the gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, competing in the four-man bobsled event for the national team of the United States. Holcomb is also widely recognized for winning two bronze medals at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, in the two-man as well as the four-man bob sled events respectively. His career came to an early and unexpected end when he suddenly died in 2017.
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Posted by Steven Holcomb on Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Steven Holcomb’s Early Life and Education
Steven Paul Holcomb was born under the zodiac sign of Aries on the 14th April 1980 in Park City, Utah USA, one of three children of Jean Anne and Steve Holcomb. He had two sisters, named Megan and Stephanie, and apart from being of American nationality, he was also of white ethnicity. He was a real “thrill seeker” from a very early age – at two he was already skiing, while at the age of six he began competing in ski-racing, and soon after began his 12 year-long tenure with the Park City’s Ski Team. Apart from skiing, Steven was very active in several other sports too, including American Football, soccer, track and field as well as baseball and basketball. In 1997 he matriculated from The Winter Sports School in his home town, and afterwards enrolled at the University of Utah. Self described as a computer geek, Holcomb completed several computer programming courses through the University of Phoenix’s online program, and DeVry University, majoring in Computer Science. He was also a Network+ Certified Technician as well as a Microsoft certified professional. In addition, he held the rank of a Boys Scouts of America’s Eagle Scout.
Steven Holcomb’s Early Career
In 1998, 18-year-old Steven took part in a local try-out for the US’s national bobsled team, scoring enough to pass and be invited to the National Team Camp. Although he managed to qualify by finishing as the No. 8, he wasn’t called into the National Team because of his young age and small physique. However, later that year, he was appointed to the US’s 1998 World Cup Team as a replacement for one of the injured pushers.
Steven Holcomb’s Military Service
Holcomb spent seven years, between March 1999 and July 2006, in the service of the Utah Army National Guard, where he served as a combat engineer in the 1457th Engineering Battalion. During these years, he participated in the US Army’s World Class Athlete Program, and also took part in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, USA, serving as the US’s National Team’s forerunner and bobsled course tester. Prior to his honorable discharge in mid-2006, Steven Holcomb received multiple accolades including the Army Achievement Medal, Army Superior Unit Award and the Army Commendation Medal, among several others.
Steven Holcomb’s Bobsled Career
Upon completing his military service, Steven began competing in bobsled in the World Cup series, and came to greater prominence during the 2006/2007 season when he won the World Cup Championship in the two-man bobsled event, and finishing as runner-up in the four-man bob. However, his rise to stardom was temporarily interrupted soon afterwards, when Keratoconus, a degenerative eye disease which causes progressive blindness, initially diagnosed in 2002, began to heavily affect his everyday life – he wasn’t even allowed to drive a car. In 2008 he was subjected to a corneal collagen cross linking (also referred to as C3-R), a non-invasive surgical procedure, which was followed by implementation of corrective lenses into his eyes. With his eyesight stabilized and under control, he was back on track in 2008.
The real breakthrough in Steven Holcomb’s professional career occurred in 2010, when at the Winter Olympics he won the gold medal as one of the four-man bobsled – the US’s first gold medal in that discipline in 62 years straight, since the 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Due to this success and in Steven’s honor, the C3-R procedure was renamed to Holcomb C3-R.
His next major success came during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, when he won two bronze medals for the US’s National Bobsled Team competing in both the two-man and four-man bobsled categories.
Apart from all those already mentioned above, Steven Holcomb’s professional portfolio is abundant with numerous other accolades as well. His career highlights include the 2009 FIBT World Championship title as well as three 2012 FIBT World Champion Titles – in Team Event as well as the two-man and the four-man bobsled events. Between 2012 and 2017, Steven Holcomb was honored with four Athlete of the Year rewards as well.
Steven Holcomb’s Death
Holcomb’s professional bobsled racing career came to a premature and quite unexpected end, when he passed away on the 6th May 2018 in Lake Placid, New York, at the age of 37. His body was discovered in his room at the US Olympic Training Center. The autopsy initially stated that the cause of death was pulmonary congestion, but the additional toxicology report later revealed that Steven’s blood contained Lunesta sleeping aid as well as an alcohol level of 0.188, which all contributed to his death.
It was later discovered that Steven Holcomb suffered from depression, and that in 2007 he had tried to commit a suicide by emptying a bottle of Jack Daniels and swallowing a total of 73 sleeping pills.
Steven Holcomb’s Personal Life
Steven Holcomb hasn’t welcomed any descendants and was never married for life. There isn’t much available data about his love affairs of romantic connections, except that at the beginning of his career he used to be in a relationship with a fellow colleague, a female Skeleton racer named Tristan Gale Geisler who is the 2002 Winter Olympics Game gold medalist. Allegedly, he was also dating the FOX News’ producer Nicole Sawyer.
In December 2013, Steven Holcomb released his autobiography entitled “But Now I See: My Journey from Blindness to Olympic Gold”.
Steven Holcomb’s Net Worth
Have you ever wondered how much wealth this late Olympic gold medalist and top-class bobsledder accumulated for life? How rich would Steven Holcomb be nowadays? According to sources, it is estimated that the total of Steven Holcomb’s net worth, speaking of late 2018, would most likely revolve around the sum of $2 million, acquired primarily through his professional bobsled career was spanning for almost 20 years, being active between 1998 and 2017.