- NAME: Steve Holcomb
- OCCUPATION: Athlete
- BIRTH DATE: April 14, 1980 (Age: 33)
- Did You Know?: Steve Holcomb has become known for performing his celebratory "Holcy dance."
- Did You Know?: At the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, Steve Holcomb won the first gold for the U.S. in the four-man bobsled event since 1948.
- Did You Know?: At the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Steve Holcomb was part of the first two-man bobsled team to win an Olympic medal since 1952.
- Did You Know?: At the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Steve Holcomb became the first U.S. bobsled driver to two medals in the same game since Stanley Benham in 1952.
- EDUCATION: Park City Winter School, University of Phoenix, DeVry University
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Park City, Utah
- Full Name: Steven Holcomb Jr.
- Nickname: Holcy
- AKA: Steve Holcomb
- AKA: Steven Holcomb
- ZODIAC SIGN: Aries
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Steve Holcomb was the driver for the U.S. men's Olympic bobsled team that won the gold medal in the four-man event at the 2010 Winter Games.
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Born on April 14, 1980, in Park City, Utah, Steve Holcomb made the U.S. national bobsled team at age 18. He won the two-man and combined World Cup titles in 2007, despite suffering from a condition that was eroding his sight and exacting a huge emotional toll. After undergoing a corrective procedure, Holcomb piloted the U.S. team to the gold medal in the four-man event at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
"I had forgotten what life looked like and suddenly it was life in high definition."
Olympic bobsledder Steven Holcomb Jr. was born on April 14, 1980, in Park City, Utah. A self-described thrill seeker as a child, 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 barely tallied the minimum score on the physical test to qualify. Although he was initially bypassed due to his age, he made the team as a pusher after another athlete was injured.
Holcomb competed in his first World Cup race in November 1998 and made a few appearances as a brakeman in the following years. He made the switch to driver after a hamstring injury knocked him out of contention for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, and proved an immediate success in that role by winning six of eight races in 2002.
Holcomb made his Winter Olympics debut at the 2006 Games in Turin, Italy, then won both the two-man and combined World Cup titles in 2007. Amazingly, he scored these achievements despite suffering from keratoconus, a degenerative eye condition that was slowly making him blind. Holcomb compensated by using his other senses to navigate the treacherous bobsled tracks at high speed, but the strain of his condition left him depressed, and he attempted suicide by overdosing on pills.
In 2008, Holcomb underwent an experimental procedure in which a lens was placed behind the iris of each eye. The operation was successful, but resulted in an unanticipated side effect: After years of performing by "feel," Holcomb essentially had to learn to drive all over again with functioning eyesight.
At the wheel of a new sled dubbed "Night Train," Holcomb and his crew ended a 50-year drought for the United States by winning the four-man title at the 2009 World Championships in Lake Placid, New York. The Night Train crew then rose to the occasion for the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada, winning the four-man event for the United States' first Olympic bobsled medal since 1948.
Holcomb proved he was still on top of his game by winning both the two- and four-man events at the 2012 World Championships in Lake Placid. Entering the 2013 season with a new sled, he began training to possibly become part of the 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 did not disappoint. Although having injured his leg during his second heat, Holcomb recovered in time to compete in the two-man bobsledding event.
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