Utah Olympic Park Housing Facility Celebrates Memory Of Bobsledder Steven Holcomb

Sep 6, 2019

Steven Holcomb Sr. donated and crafted son Olympic bobsledder Steven Holcomb Jr.'s bobsled runners onto the doors of the new Utah Olympic Park housing facility. The younger Holcomb died in 2017.
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The Residences at Utah Olympic Park feature short-term lodging for visiting athletes, long-term apartments for athletes and Utah Olympic Legacy staff, plus a breathtaking view of Park City from atop the mountain. The building also has a special detail as a nod to the accomplishments and life of a Park City Olympian.

At a press conference announcing the grand opening of Utah Olympic Park’s new affordable housing facility Thursday, Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation CEO Colin Hilton mentioned Steve Holcomb Sr. in his special thanks to people involved in the project. Holcomb couldn’t make it to the event, but Hilton became emotional as he announced a unique feature of the housing facility honoring Steven Holcomb Jr., the Olympic bobsledder and Park City native who died in 2017.

“When it came to looking at some special touches, if you saw the actual runners—the bobsled runners—on the door handles as you entered this building, those are Steven Holcomb’s runners,” Hilton said.

The younger Holcomb passed away unexpectedly in 2017 at age 37. In 2010, he broke Team USA’s 62-year gold medal drought in four-man bobsled when he won gold in the event at the Vancouver Olympics. He also won two silver medals during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

Hilton says the elder Holcomb is collaborating with the Olympic Legacy Foundation on other design details at the housing facility.

"Steve Sr. is also building our front desk," Hilton said. "He's a master craftsman. He is at Deer Valley and Colesport—built all of their front desks—so he is providing that special touch to this facility. That will be fun over the years to add those unique nuances to this building."

The housing facility has 72 units and is the first phase of housing Hilton anticipates the Olympic Park will build.