In Memory

Remembering Olympic Champion and Park City Native, Steven Holcomb

The Utah Olympic Park will host a celebration of Steve Holcomb's life on Saturday, June 10.

By Utah Olympic Park May 30, 2017

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Parkite and Olympic Bobsledder, Steven Holcomb (right). 

Image: Molly Chroma

The Holcomb family, the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation, and USA Bobsled and Skeleton are inviting members of the Park City community to a Celebration of Life for Steven Holcomb on Saturday, June 10 at 2 p.m. at Utah Olympic Park. The celebration and a reception will be held in the summer pavilion located behind the Quinney Welcome Center at Utah Olympic Park. An evening gathering of family, athletes, and friends will assemble for a track walk at 9 p.m., with shuttle service starting at 8 p.m. 

Holcomb grew up in Park City and participated in numerous local sports in his youth, including soccer, football, basketball, baseball, running track, and mountain biking. He spent 12 years ski racing with the Park City Ski Team and graduated in 1997 from the Winter Sports School of Park City. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boys Scouts of America and was active in many local community activities. His interest in bobsledding was sparked in 1998 when he went to a local USA Bobsled team try-out and was invited to stay for an additional week. He made his first World Cup appearance in Calgary in November of 1998, competing as a push athlete for driver Brian Shimer. Around the same time, Holcomb began a 12-plus-year battle with keratoconus, a degenerative eye disorder. Though he came close to losing his sight, Holcomb overcame the eye disease and went on to compete for Team USA in three Olympic Winter Games. He made history in Vancouver 2010 when he piloted the “Night Train” U.S. four-man bobsled team to the gold medal. It marked the first U.S. gold medal in the event since 1948. In Sochi 2014, he went on to win bronze medals in both two- and four-man bobsled.

Having competed for the U.S. since 1998, Holcomb also won five world titles among his 10 World Championship medals. He was a six-time overall World Cup champion, and 60-time World Cup medalist. Additionally, he served in the Utah Army National Guard for seven years (1999-2006) and took part in the Army World Class Athlete Program.

Holcomb passed away while in residence at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York on May 6, 2017. He was 37 years old. In lieu of flowers, the Holcomb family has asked that donations may be made in memory of Steven to USA Bobsled & Skeleton for elite athletes in need of financial support or, a 501(c)(3) organization committed to helping those afflicted with keratoconus. Click here to donate to either organization. 

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