Coroner: Cause of bobsledder Steven Holcomb's death unclear

Ruben Hill
May 13, 2017

Holcomb made his Olympic debut in 2006 as a pilot, after failing to make the 2002 U.S. Olympic team as a push athlete.

Steven Holcomb, who drove his Team USA teams to three Olympic medal, was found dead in Lake Placid, New York on Saturday.

Holcomb was one of several bobsledders who do off-season weight training at East Tennessee State University.

Holcomb was a native of Park City, Utah, 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 bobsled's signature race. Steven Holcomb, from Park City, Utah, was 37 years old.

The manner of death is pending toxicology.

The toxicology report also revealed there was no presence of drugs in Steve Holcomb's body and it ruled out any "suspicion of foul play".

Sunday, Team USA released details from a preliminary coroner's report that indicates Holcomb died in his sleep, possibly as a result of pulmonary congestion.

"Steve was a tremendous athlete and even better person, and his perseverance and achievements were an inspiration to us all", said Scott Blackmun, USOC CEO. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Steve's family and the entire bobsledding community".

This season he was second in the two-man competition and third in the four-man in the World Cup standings.

Holcomb competed in three Olympic Winter Games, including Vancouver and Sochi, where he won gold and bronze medals, respectively.

The final victory of his career was last December in Lake Placid.

"We've lost a legend", said USA Luge's Erin Hamlin - who, like Holcomb, is a world champion and Olympic medalist. Steve, you will be dearly missed. He was cherubic, nearly always happy in public, someone whose sense of humor was well-known throughout the close-knit bobsled world.

Holcomb had struggled with depression in the past and told CBS News in 2014 that he attempted to take his own life in a Colorado Springs hotel room in 2007.

"After going through all that and still being here, I realized what my goal was", Holcomb told the AP in a 2014 interview.

Holcomb had been diagnosed with keratoconus, a degenerative disease, which damaged his vision to the point where he believed his career was over.

'I'll just say it was interesting, ' Holcomb said after that issue was published.

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