He won the two-guy and combined World Cup titles in 2007, despite suffering from a state that was eroding his sight and exacting a tremendous psychological cost. After getting a corrective process, Holcomb piloted the U.S. team to the gold medal in the four-man event at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Olympic bobsledder Steven Holcomb Jr. was born on April 14, 1980, in Park City, Utah. A self described thrill seeker as a youngster, he became involved in alpine ski racing and attended the Park City Winter Sports High School.
Holcomb tried out for the U.S. men’s national bobsled team at age 18 and just tallied the minimal score on the physical evaluation to qualify. Although he was initially avoided due to his age, he made the team as a pusher after another sportsman was injured.
Holcomb competed in his first World Cup race in November 1998 and made several appearances as a brakeman in the next years. He made the switch to motorist following a hamstring injury knocked him out of competition for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, and demonstrated an instant success because job by winning six of eight races in 2002.
Holcomb made his Winter Olympics debut in the 2006 Games in Turin, Italy, subsequently won both the two-guy and joined World Cup titles in 2007. Surprisingly, he scored these accomplishments despite suffering from keratoconus, a degenerative eye condition that has been slowly making him blind. Holcomb compensated by using his other senses to navigate the dangerous bobsled tracks at high speed, but the stress of his state made him depressed, and he attempted suicide by overdosing on pills.
In 2008, Holcomb got an experimental procedure when a lens was put behind the iris of every eye. The operation was successful, but resulted in a unanticipated side effect: After years of performing by “feel,” Holcomb basically had to figure out how to drive all over again with functioning eyesight. In the wheel of a fresh sled dubbed “Night Train,” Holcomb and his crew stopped a 50-year drought for America by winning the four-man title in the 2009 World Championships in Lake Placid, Ny.
Holcomb shown he was still together with his game by winning the two- and four-man events in the 2012 World Championships in Lake Placid. Entering the 2013 season using a fresh sled, he started training to potentially become a part of the very first American team since 1932 to win back to back Olympic golds in the harrowing sport. Holcomb qualified for the USA-1 bobsled team for the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games and failed to disappoint. Although having injured his leg during his second heat, Holcomb recuperated in time to compete in the two-man bobsledding event. He along with his partner, Steven Langton, placed third, earning the U.S. a bronze medal.
Having taken courses in computer programming in the University of Phoenix and DeVry University, the gold medalist is an A and Network accredited tech and Microsoft certified professional. The finish of 2012 brought the launch of Holcomb’s biography, But Now I See: My Journey from Blindness to Olympic Gold, where he detailed the physical and psychological challenges that almost stopped both his career and his life.