Steve Holcomb: U.S Bobsledder wins Gold Medal

February 28, 2010

Meet Steve Holcomb, he is the U.S Bobsledder who along with his Bobsled team, Night Train, won the gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Keep reading to know more about this news, his life, career and more plus don’t miss Steve Holcomb’s photos and video below.

Steve Holcomb

Steve Holcomb and his Night train team made history at Vancouver when after 62 long years the U.S Bobsled team won their last medal, but today the gold went to the amazing Bobsled team of the United States of America. Steve Holcomb, Steve Mesler, Curt Tomasevicz and Justin Olsen took their place at the podium when they finished in a record time of 3:24:46, just a bit (0:38) ahead of the German Andre Lange and his bobsledding teammates. Congratulations Guys!

Steve was born on April 14, 1980, in Park City, Utah, before he got himself into bobsledding. He tried being an alpine skier for about eight years or so, but in 1998 bobsledding got into him, and there was no turning back. A year later he was graduating from The Winter Sports School at Park City. That same year he got into the Utah Army National Guard where he served at as a combat engineer, he received several and honorable credentials like the Army Achieve medal, Army Superior unit Award and Army Presidential Unit Citation among others. In 2006 he received an honorable discharge. Today, since he is so into technology or a “Computer geek” as he describes himself he is at the moment getting his degree in Computer Science at the University of Phoenix. He is expected to graduate next year.

Steve went to the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah but not as a part of the U.S team due to his age, so he made himself useful as a forerunner. At the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy he ended 6th at the four men and fourteen at two men. In 2006 Steve was diagnosed with keratoconus, that is a degenerative condition that affects the cornea. As time passed he realized that glasses or contacts helped him anymore and began to consider his retirement, but it was a new experimental procedure that changed his life forever; the procedure only took 20 minutes. It consisted of combining riboflavin with light into the cornea, it is painless and totally worthy, since Steve recovered from having a 20/500 vision to 20/20.

Some of Steve Holcomb’s tidbits

  • He finished 6th at the 1998 World Cup in Park City.
  • 13th at the 1999 World Championships in Germany.
  • 6th at the 2002 World Cup in Lake Placid, NY.
  • 9th the 2004 World Cup in NY, 25th in Germany and 18th at the World Championships in Canada.
  • 9th at the four men World Cup in Calgary.
  • 2nd in the four men at the 2007 World Cup overall in Canada, Gold medal in Cortina, Wintenberg and Igls; silver in Konigssee.
  • He won the 2007 World Cup tile, two men and combined.
  • Bronze at the 2009 World Cup in Lake Placid.
  • Gold at the 2009 World Championships.
  • Bronze at the 2009 Team World Championships.
  • On January 17 he made it onto the Olympic Team.
  • On February 27th he put an end to the 62 years of bad luck without any Olympic Gold Medal by winning the four men event at Vancouver.

The U.S Bobsled team won the gold medal today, their journey for more medals is just beginning and from what we saw in Vancouver things are looking pretty good for these guys, keep up the good work!!

Take a look at Steve Holcomb’s photos and video below.

Steve Holcomb photoSteve Holcomb picture

Steve Holcomb Video

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