Steven Holcomb - Steven Holcomb
Hard work and determination are just two words you might use to describe Steven Holcomb. He has long pushed himself to the limit in order to reach his goals, and although for some it may seem impossible, this is not the case with Holcomb.
From his humble beginnings to his current world-championship, Steven has strived to make himself the best he can be, which also makes him one of the best athletes in the world. Of course, as his story is not as well known as those of other professional athletes, it is important to share the story.
Steven grew up in Utah, so he's been around snow and winter activities all his life. For years, he practiced alpine skiing, but this only served as a place holder until he enlisted in the Utah Army National Guard, where he served from 1999 up until 2006. He received a number of citations during this time, including the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Service Ribbon and the Army Presidential Unit Citation.
During this time, Steven served as a tester for the bobsledding course at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Utah. It is here he gained his first insights and experience into the sport, allowing him to practice in front of large crowds. In four years from that time, he was driving the United States bobsled at the age of 26, where he competed in international competitions for the first time. He did not earn any Olympic medals at the 2006 Winter Olympics, but he took this experience into the 2010 Winter Olympics where he and the rest of the four man team ended the United States winless drought in the bobsled, by winning the four-man competition.
Steven didn't have clear sailing throughout his career, however. In 2008, two years before he won the gold medal, he was diagnosed with a disease known as keratoconus. This is a degenerative eye disease which thins the cornea and changes it into a cone shaped distortion, preventing accurate sight. In order to correct this problem, he opted into an ultraviolet light procedure which corrected the sight issue and returned him to 20/20 vision.
Throughout his career, Steven has given back to the community in a number of different ways. He has helped the Right to Play organization and has given to the Boy Scouts of America, which he served for throughout his youth.