As Holcomb rose through the ranks of American bobsledders however, a degenerative eye disease Keratoconus , initially diagnosed in , began to affect his daily life and competitive skills which led to depression. Olympic champions in four-man bobsleigh. We all emulated him. Holcomb also drove to bronze medals in both two- and four-man events at the Sochi Games in , and was expected to be part of the US Olympic team headed to the Pyeongchang Games. The closest thing to it, Holcomb thought, was flying a stunt plane in an airshow.

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Steven Holcomb legendary bobsled driver dies at 37

Holcomb left the military with an honorable discharge in Juneand competed on the World Cup circuit. Soviet Union Janis Kipurs —89 unofficial: But fear comes in different forms.

Holcomb returned to competition, going on to win the World Championship title. The curve goes right, you pull right, the curve goes left, you pull left. Retrieved 22 November He suffered from keratoconus, which causes progressive blindness.


In the — season Holcomb with team members Jovanovic and Kreitzburg won the two-man World Cup Championship, while his four-man team with Jovanovic, Kreitzburg, and Mesler finished second. United States Steven Holcomb — No cause of death was immediately announced, but officials said there were no indications of foul play after the preliminary parts of an ongoing investigation were completed. kerattoconus

Russia Alexandr ZubkovAlexey Voyevoda Wikimedia Commons has media related to Steven Holcomb. Holcomb qualified for the Winter Olympics in Sochiin both the two-man and four-man bobsled.

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In the UK Samaritans can be contacted on Switzerland Reto CapadruttEmil Diener But it was the skills he learned racing blind, the sense of touch and feel, that made him so good. Germany Francesco FriedrichThorsten Margis. Every driver in the world watched him, because he was that good at what he did. Switzerland Hans HiltebrandHeinz Meier Germany Manuel Machata — Germany Christoph Langen — In other projects Wikimedia Commons.


EmeryKirbyAnakinJ. He won 60 World Jeratoconus medals in his career, 10 more at the world championships and three in the Olympics, making him one of the most decorated pilots in the world. He was the face of our sport. He smiled and told me to stop quoting Cool Runnings.

Winter Olympic Games Results. Cancelled to weather conditions Germany Harald Czudaj — Archived from the original on Soviet Union Maris Poikans —87 unofficial: West Germany Anton Fischer —86 unofficial: My Journey from Blindness to Olympic Gold.

The depression, he believed, largely stemmed from his fight with a disease called keratoconus. Austria Ingo Appelt — He finished in eighth place and was invited to stay for an additional week to train with the National Team.