Bobsled champ Steven Holcomb motivated for another gold in Sochi
One of America's best hopes for gold in Sochi is men's bobsledding, where defending Olympic champion Steven Holcomb is ranked #1 in the world. Wednesday, Holcomb conducted satellite interviews from Munich, Germany where he talked to Eyewitness News about finding motivation to seek gold again.
"Bobsledding is my passion. It's something that I love to do. It becomes real easy when you're doing what you love. It's fun and I enjoy it. Gold medal is definitely my motivation. And at the same time, I enjoy bobsledding," said Holcomb.
While Holcomb prepares for another chance at Olympic gold, he is aware of the security concerns in Sochi. But he remains confident the United States would not send athletes into a place that was dangerous.
"I don't think they would send us into anything without knowing that we're going to be safe. I don't think a lot of the athletes are that concerned. Of course, there are going to be some issues to make sure we're safe. We're still focused on the competition and doing our best," said Holcomb.
Holcomb is complimentary of sled technician David Cripps who brings racing knowledge after working for Panther Racing.
"(David's) been incredible. He's been working tirelessly day in and day out to make sure these sleds are fast, applying the knowledge that he's learned over the years at Panther racing. He's been incredible," said Holcomb. "I don't have the kind of mechanical engineering background that he does. I'm more of a computer information system, which I working with right now at DeVry. I'm a full time bobsledder with a part-time student. I've been working around my schedule. And DeVry's been really helping me out with that. Our Indy connection is pretty tight and I'm looking forward to seeing what they can help us out with in the future," said Holcomb.
In addition to his reputation as the world's best bobsledder, Holcomb is also becoming known for his dance moves on race courses around the world.
"It's called the Holcy dance. It's very simple. I'm a terrible dancer but I had to make it as easy as possible," said Holcomb. "You go to all these different stops around the world and we were kind of bored and you just dance for fun. It was nothing special. It was random and then it went viral. I'm not sure how it caught on or why it caught on. But, it's been a lot of fun and challenging to teach the entire world about it," said Holcomb.