Steven Holcomb 

Steven Holcomb 

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Steven Holcomb of Park City, Utah, considered as one of the very best American bobsledders ever, passed away at the age of 37 in Lake Placid on Saturday. The current possible cause of death is pulmonary congestion. Holcomb won three Olympic medals in his career including the gold medal in the four-man competition at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. He also won two bronze medals in the two man and four man at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. 

Holcomb, who was a bobsled driver, was the face of American bobsledding over the last decade. He also won three gold medals in events that have Olympic status at the World Bobsled Championships and six medals in events that have Olympic status at the World Bobsled Championships overall. Holcomb's three World Bobsled Championship gold medals in events that have Olympic status all came in Lake Placid--in the four-man in 2009 and in the two-man and four-man in 2012. 

At the 2017 World Bobsled Championships in Konigssee, Germany, Holcomb finished in seventh place in the two-man and in fifth place in the four-man. 

Holcomb won four World Cup medals in bobsled during the 2016-17 season. He won the gold medal with Samuel McGuffie of Cypress, Texas in the two-man in Lake Placid, a silver with Carlo Valdes of Newport Beach, California in Konigssee, Germany, a silver medal in the four-man in Lake Placid and a bronze medal in Igls, Austria. There is no question now that the American bobsled program will be in a period of transition leading up to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang.