U.S. Olympic Athlete Spotlight: Steve Holcomb – Bobsled Pilot

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Steve Holcomb is a true inspiration to the Olympic games. He was born April 14, 1980 in Park City, and has been competing since 1998. During the 2002 America’s Cup events, he stood on the podium in eight of the eight races. He slid into 14th place at the two man bobsled event, and sixth in the four man race at the Torino Olympic Games in Torino. In 2007, he claimed World Cup titles in both the two-man and combined events. It is crazy to think that these athletes grew up around the same places we all hang out in Old Town Park City


In 2008, Holcomb underwent a new procedure to correct a degenerative eye disease that was claiming his eyesight. The procedure restored his vision from a previous 20-500 to 20-20. After the success of the procedure, he went on to win a 2010 World Cup title along with his “Night Train” crew of Curt Tomasevicz, Justin Olsen, and Steve Mesler. The crew went on to dominate bobsled events, and won the gold at the Whistler 2010 Winter Olympic Games—the first bobsled gold for the United State in 62 years.


A Hero in Many Ways


Holcomb continued to inspire with his autobiography, “But Now I See: My Journey from Blindness to Olympic Gold”. In this book, he reveals that he struggled with depression when facing possible career-ending blindness. He also writes about a failed suicide attempt to let people living with depression understand that they can succeed in overcoming depression if they seek professional help.


Holcomb also served in the Utah Army National Guard from 1999 to 2006. He served as a combat engineer in the 1457th Engineer Battalion, as well as taking part in the Army World Class Athlete Program. During his service, he won the following medals: Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Presidential Unit Citation, Army Superior Unit Award, and an Army Service Medal.


Holcomb majored in Computer Science at the University of Utah, along with the University of Phoenix’s online program. Currently he studies Computer Information Systems at DeVry University. He is an A+ Certified Computer Technician, A Microsoft Certified Professional, and a Network+ Certified Network Technician.

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