The lifeless body of the American champion was discovered not far from his teammates.
What happened to Steven Holcomb?
The 2010 Olympic bobsleigh champion, was found dead in his room at the US team’s training center in Lake Placid on Saturday (May 6th). For now, the cause of death is unknown.
He was 37.
The native of Park City, Utah, was a three-time Olympian, and his signature moment came at the 2010 Vancouver Games when he piloted his four-man sled to a win that snapped a 62-year gold-medal drought for the U.S. in bobsled’s signature race.
“It would be easy to focus on the loss in terms of his Olympic medals and enormous athletic contributions to the organization, but USA Bobsled and 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 Darrin Steele, the federation’s CEO who had known Holcomb for two decades.
His death quickly resonated through the Olympic community.
“Incredibly sad to hear about the passing of @StevenHolcomb,” U.S. women’s soccer star Carli Lloyd tweeted. “Deepest sympathies go out to his loved ones.”
“Dreadful, dreadful news,” bobsledding broadcaster Martin Haven said on Twitter. “Holcy was one of the friendliest, most open guys you could hope to meet… I’m heartbroken.”
Funeral arrangements were not immediately announced.