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US Olympic bobsled driver Steven Holcomb found dead in Lake Plaid, New York

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Thirty-seven year-old Olympic medal bobsledding star Steven Holcomb was found dead in his room at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York, on Saturday, according to the Associated Press. The cause of death remains unclear, but officials said there were no indications of foul play following a preliminary investigation.

An autopsy was tentatively scheduled for Sunday.

"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.”

Holcomb, who competed for Team USA in three Olympic Winter Games, is most remembered for . his historic win against the Germans at Vancouver 2010. He piloted the "Night Train" -- the four-man bobsled team--to the gold medal, marking the first time the U.S. received first place in the event since 1948. 

At Sochi, he won bronze medals in the two-man and four-man bobled.

2010 Men's Bobsled Gold Medal Moment: Driver Steve Holcomb and team bring home gold

WATCH | Members of the "Night Train" reminisce on their gold medal moment at Vancouver 2010. 

"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 and 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 Darrin Steele, the federation's CEO who had known Holcomb for two decades.

Beyond his athleticism, Holcomb had his share of personal battles. After being diagnosed with and eye disorder known as kakeratoconus, which threatened his bobsledding career, Holcolmb swallowed 73 sleeping pills with whisky in 2007, the Today show reported. 

“I was realizing that this may kind of be it,’’ Holcomb told TODAY.com. “Having your eyes degenerate like that, it’s an extremely difficult process.”

He continued, “I attempted suicide, and when I woke up, it was a moment in my life that I realized that I had a bigger purpose. It’s been a tough journey, but it’s been amazing.”

Holcomb eventually came into contact with Dr. Boxer Wachler in 2008, who successfully restored the Utah native's vision with a non-invasive procedure. 

The Olympic athlete unfurled his personal struggles with the 2012 release of his book, "But Now I See: My Journey From Blindness to Olympic Glory.”

Holcomb was the second Olympian to pass on Saturday. Earlier, the oldest living Olympic champion, Adolph Kiefer died at the age of 98.

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