Once nearly blind Olympian wins Gold at Vancouver!
Dr. Alan Shih
One great story line at the 2010 Winter Olympics is of Steven Holcomb who almost retired 3 years ago because of an eye disorder called kertoconus. In this eye condition, the front of the eye thins out, pressure of fluid inside of the eye pushes the weak section of the eye and results in a cone shape. The condition results in severe blurriness, but is oftentimes treatable with surgery. Surgery not approved by the FDA restored his vision to 20/20 from 20/500 and involved placing corrective lenses behind the pupil.
Holcomb had surgery in March 2008 and approached these 2010 Olympics with USA gold medal hopes. He has established himself as one of the world's premier bobsled pilots.
Last year, USA-1 ended a 50-year World Championships gold-medal drought with a victory in Lake Placid, NY. They ended a 62-year Olympics gold-less streak Saturday.
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