Three-time Olympic medalist Steven Holcomb was found dead.
Terrible news out of the state of New York. U.S. bobsledder Steven Holcomb was found dead in his room at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York.
Team USA released a statement following Holcomb's death:
"The entire Olympic family is shocked and saddened by the incredibly tragic loss today of Steven Holcomb,” said Scott Blackmun, United States Olympic Committee CEO. “Steve was a tremendous athlete and even better person, and his perseverance and achievements were an inspiration to us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with Steve's family and the entire bobsledding community.”
“It would be easy to focus on the loss in terms of his Olympic medals and enormous athletic contributions to the organization, but USA Bobsled & Skeleton is a family and right now we are trying to come to grips with the loss of our teammate, our brother and our friend,” said USA Bobsled & Skeleton CEO Darrin Steele.
The cause of death has not been released at this time.
Holcomb competed for Team USA in three Olympic Winter Games, winning gold in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics in the four-man bobsled. It marked the first U.S. gold medal in the event since 1948. Holcomb doubled up at the Sochi Olympics, winning two bronze medals in the two-man and four-man bobsled.
Our thoughts are with the Holcomb family at this tragic time.