But Now I See: My Journey from Blindness to Olympic Gold

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One of the top bobsledders in the world and leader of the four-man American team, Steven Holcomb had finished sixth in the 2006 Olympics and medaled in nearly every competition he entered. He was considered a strong gold contender for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games. Talented, aggressive, and fearless, he was at the top of his game. But he had a dangerous secret.

Steven Holcomb was going blind.

In the prime of his athletic career, he ...

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Overview


One of the top bobsledders in the world and leader of the four-man American team, Steven Holcomb had finished sixth in the 2006 Olympics and medaled in nearly every competition he entered. He was considered a strong gold contender for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games. Talented, aggressive, and fearless, he was at the top of his game. But he had a dangerous secret.

Steven Holcomb was going blind.

In the prime of his athletic career, he was diagnosed with keratoconus—a degenerative disease affecting 1 in 1,000 and leaving 1 in 4 totally blind without a cornea transplant. In the world of competitive sports, it was a dream killer. Not a sport for the timid, bobsledding speeds approach 100 miles per hour through a series of hairpin turns. Serious injuries—even deaths—can result. But Holcomb kept his secret from his coach, sled mates, and the public for months and continued to drive the legendary sled The Night Train.

When he finally told his coach, Holcomb was led to a revolutionary treatment, later named the Holcomb C3-R. With his sight restored to 20/20, Holcomb became the first American in 50 years to win the International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation World Championship, and the first American bobsledder since 1948 to win the Olympic gold medal.

With a foreword by Geoff Bodine, NASCAR champion and founder of the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project, But Now I See is the intimate portrait of a man’s pursuit of a dream, laced with humility and the faith to find a way when all seems hopeless. It’s about knowing anything is possible and the gift of a second chance.

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“Steven is a class act, and his story is one of perseverance. I am lucky to have heard it from Steven himself, just as you will in these pages. The Olympic Movement is a movement about friendship, excellence, and respect, and you will see those values very clearly in Steven’s story.”
Scott Blackmun, CEO, U.S. Olympic Committee

“Steven Holcomb’s vision of a goal was not only seen with the eyes, but also with his heart! As you will read in But Now I See, true champions always find a way to win.”
Richard H. Wright, President/CEO, AdvoCare

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Gr 7 Up—This is equal parts autobiography and written record of how the Americans came to prominence in a sport dominated by Europeans. Holcomb weaves his own story of rising up through the ranks of bobsledding with his personal battle with Keratoconus, a degenerative eye disease that was quickly rendering him blind and threatening to end his athletic career. He deftly juxtaposes his accelerating career as a world-class athlete with his deteriorating eyesight and subsequent plummet into despair and depression. The story is absorbing, and Holcomb's personal journey is both heartbreaking and inspiring. Readers are taken along as he decides against sharing the news of his condition with friends, family, and teammates, thus forcing him to lie repeatedly to those he cares about most, and those who depended on him. Teens will share his trepidation and anxiety as he meets with more and more doctors offering up the same prognosis: cornea transplant and leaving bobsledding for good. The insider's glimpse into a sport that few know much about is thrilling, and descriptions of rides down icy runs are as harrowing as they are compelling. This is a fast-paced narrative, offering up both drama and information in a tidy package. Color photographs appear throughout. Those looking for an exposé of the dirty deeds of Olympic athletes will need to look elsewhere. Holcomb clearly loves his sport and shares that openly with readers.—Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937856007
  • Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/4/2012
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 708,728
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Steven Holcomb is an American bobsled driver who won the Olympic gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, the first gold medal in four-man bobsledding for the United States since 1948. He also won the 2009 World Championship in Lake Placid, N.Y., the first American to achieve that feat since 1959.

A veteran of the Utah Army National Guard, Holcomb is the only Olympic athlete for whom a medical procedure is named: the Holcomb C3-R procedure for keratoconus, a degenerative eye disease that can lead to total blindness. Holcomb was cured of keratoconus from the procedure and went on to become America’s most decorated bobsledder.

He continues to drive the USA-1 sled, The Night Train, and will compete to defend his Olympic title at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

Steve Eubanks is a bestselling author and sports writer who has collaborated with such noteworthy athletes as golf great Arnold Palmer, NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon, hall of fame football coach Lou Holtz, Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger, and nine-time world champion rodeo cowboy Ty Murray.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    In addition to the personal story of the journey of a world clas

    In addition to the personal story of the journey of a world class athlete to a Gold Medal, included great explanations of the nuances of the sport of bobsledding. An interesting and enjoyable read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    The book that Steven has written here is not the fluff pieces th

    The book that Steven has written here is not the fluff pieces that you see from some athletes that are just looking to throw something out there after they reach their ultimate goal of winning. It looks like this has been done with a lot of care and the writer Steve Eubanks has penned books for Lou Holtz, Jeff Gordon and Arnold Palmer. He must have really liked Holcomb to include him in a great group like that.

    Certainly, the book took me a few days to read, but it was worth the $15 bucks.

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