Passion runs through Holcomb's veins

Mon Jan 13, 2014 11:52am EST
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By Justin Palmer

LONDON (Reuters) - Steve Holcomb lives and breathes bobsleigh to the extent that he could not imagine doing anything else.

The leader of both the two-man and four-man American teams is passionate about a sport that has made him Olympic champion, but his success has not come without a price.

"Being at the top is lonely, you really have to make a lot of sacrifices that a lot of people are not willing to make," he told Reuters.

"That comes down to my passion - I love bobsledding and I make a lot of sacrifices and I can justify those sacrifices because I love what I do.

"My motivation is my passion for the sport. I know a lot of guys, they do this because they are good athletes and they are successful at it, but it's not necessarily what they love doing.

"You have to love what you are doing and when you do you put your heart and soul into it and that takes it to the next level. That's something a lot of people don't have."

Holcomb piloted the American four-man bobsleigh to gold at the 2010 Olympics in Whistler, the first time in 62 years for the United States and one of the feelgood stories of a games overshadowed by the death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili.

His autobiography 'But Now I See' tells the story of his journey from "blindness to Olympic gold", revealing his battle to overcome a degenerative eye disease and depression.   Continued...

Olympic Gold Medalist Steve Holcomb attends the premiere of "Project Natal for XBox 360" in Los Angeles June 13, 2010. REUTERS/Phil McCarten