COLONIE, N.Y. – Olympian Steve Holcomb won two medals in Sochi and returned to the Capital Region Tuesday night.
Holcomb won two bronze medals in bobsledding during the XXII Olympic Winter Games.
“Smell of victory right there,” he said. “It’s been good. It’s been fun. And I had a great time, and it feels great to be back on American soil.”
Holcomb received a hero’s welcome as he walked from his gate through security at Albany International Airport. He landed in Albany on his way to train in Lake Placid.
“Just winning or winning medals is hard to forget,” he said. “I mean it was a pretty good experience overall. We were there for about four weeks total. Had a great time.”
Holcomb posed for pictures and signed autographs for the crowd that greeted him at the airport.
This was Holcomb’s second Olympics. He piloted the U.S. team to a gold medal in the four-man event in the 2010 games.
The 33-year-old suffered from a rare degenerative eye condition which was slowly making him blind. Holcomb learned to live with it and continued bobsledding.
He was able to undergo an experimental procedure and gained his vision back. He hopes his story can inspire others.
“Never give up,” he said. “The roads are going to get bumpy but tough times never last. Tough people do. And regardless if you’re going to be an Olympian or not understand that life’s going to have ups and downs and just keep fighting.”