Bobsledder reveals his suicide attempt

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 23: Bronze medalists the United States team 1 celebrate on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Four-Man Bobsleigh on Day 16 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Sliding Center Sanki on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images) Photo: Image by Getty Images

Bobsledder reveals his suicide attempt

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Feb 23, 2014

Steven Holcomb, 33, marked history on Feb. 17 with Steve Langton when they became the first American two-man bobsledding team to medal (with bronze) since 1952. Seven years ago, however, Holcomb tried to take his own life.

Holcomb unexpectedly lost his sight in 2007 and after battling depression decided to swallow 73 pills and wash them down with Jack Daniels. Miraculously, "I woke the next morning, realizing what I had done, and decided I needed help to fight it," Holcomb told People. "I realized that God had a bigger purpose for me. It wasn't my time. I had more to do in this world."

"Special eye drops and a UV light, combined with surgically implanted contact lenses, restored the sight he'd been losing to what was ultimately diagnosed as cornea-thinning keratoconus," reports People. 

Now "seeing the world in a whole new way," Holcomb also won bronze in the four-man competition at the Winter Games.