Sunday, February 28, 2010

Steve Holcomb Eye Surgery

Steve Holcomb Eye Surgery

Steve Holcomb that underwent an eye surgery following Keratoconus diagnosis in 2009 was part of 4-man Team USA in the bobsled event. The team won first gold medal in bobsled for the United States on Saturday courtesy Steve Holcomb and it took them more than 6 decades for the US to do so.
It was way back in the year 1948 that a United States’ bobsled 4-man team last brought home a gold medal in the Olympics competitions. American bobsledder since 1998 Steven “Steve” Holcomb alongside his three longtime companions proudly stood on the medal podium at 2010 Olympics. All four men made the Saturday night memorable for the United States at the Vancouver with their steady ride to Night train bobsled.
Even the NBC broadcasters were enthusiastic to announce that finally after 62 long years; the Americans were able to seek pride. Holcomb was accompanied by USA1 riders namely Justin Olsen, Curt Tomasevicz and Steve Mesler and the Night Train team stunned the audiences and their competitors by an impressive final four-run 3:24.46 combined time, being the fastest in three first runs though, but the same was the only fastest third while in the final trip.

The Germans followed the US riders very closely and with the difference only .38, they deserved a silver medal for their brilliant effort. Steve made his last appearance in the Olympic competitions and he was considered favorite among all for a gold medal. Two-time winner of two-man bobsled event is also a Salt Lake City and Torino Winter Games competition-winner while in 2002 and 2006, respectively. The bronze medal went to the home team as the Canadian pilot Lyndon rush and his three companions missed a chance to grab silver extremely closely.
With a vision as limited as 20/20 since his eye surgery, Steve’s success in terms of picking a gold medal while at Olympic event wasn’t anything but a miracle. His degenerated eye disease nearly turned him blind thus forcing him undergoing corrective eye surgery.


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