Piloting a bobsleigh while blind
November 15, 2009 11:43 AM Subscribe
You’d have to be blind to drive a bobsleigh.
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At least if you want to finish first, second, or third nine times in seven years. Since 2001, U.S. bobsleigh pilot Steven Holcomb has dealt with a degenerative eye condition that left him with 20/500 vision. He drove a sled hurtling down an ice track anyway, often winning. Now that his vision has been restored
via an experimental operation
, he fuzzes over his helmet visor so it’s just like the olden days. Bobsleigh, it seems, is all about feel.
During the seven years he was more or less blind, Holcomb’s sleds finished first four times, second four times, and third once (according to a PDF media guide, including results page