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November 29th, 2012
10:42 AM ET

Champion bobsledder Steven Holcomb on regaining his sight to win the 2010 Olympic gold medal

As one of the best bobsledders in the world, Steven Holcomb was seen as a strong team leader and contender for the gold medal leading up to the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games. The fearless bobsled driver raced his U.S. team downhill at speeds up to 100 miles per hour. But, in the prime of his career, Holcomb struggled as he suffered from a degenerative eye disease that was making him blind.

“It’s like opening your eyes under water,” Holcomb explains of his sight with the disease. “I mean, you can tell where people are, but you can't really see who they are. You just know that there's a person there. And you learn how to pick things up with their voices.”

Holcomb joins “Starting Point” on Thursday to discuss his new memoir, “But Now I See: My Journey From Blindness to Olympic Gold,” which traces his struggle with the disease, keratoconus, and explains how he overcame near-blindness through a revolutionary procedure before leading his team to the 2010 Olympic gold medal in bobsled racing.

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