U.S. bobsledding starSteven Holcomb, a three-time Olympic medalistwho competed in three Olympicsafter beating a disease that nearly robbed him of his eyesight, was found dead in Lake Placid, New York, on Saturday. He was 37.
It's unclear exactly how Holcomb died but foul play was not suspected, the Associated Press reports.
"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, USA Bobsled & Skeleton CEO Darrin Steele stated.
The native of Park City, Utah, was a three-time Olympian, 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 drought for the U.S. in bobsled's signature race.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.